Degree course: 
Corso di Long single cycle degree (6 years) in School of Dentistry
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (30 hours)

Scientific knowledge of courses attended during the previous years is considered useful, in particular general oncepts of statistics

Voto Finale

The course aims to provide the students with:
- the knowledge in terminology, methods and instruments in the fields of hygiene, epidemiology and public health
- the capacity to develop a scientific methodological approach, using the learned concepts, to participate in planning and doing prevention programs

1. Basic concepts of epidemiology, hygiene and public health: concept of health; current epidemiological background and classification of diseases; concept of risk; indicators, exposure-effect, determinants of health and illness; primary, secondary and tertiary prevention
2. Methods in epidemiology: epidemiological measures; observational studies, trials, systemaic reviews and meta-analyses; confounding and bias
3. Concept of nutrition epidemiology: dietary questionnaires, the EPIC study
4. Concept of genetic epidemiology: polymorphisms, haplotypes, candidate gene studies and genome wide association studies
5. Epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases: risk factors; source and reservoir of infection, portal of entry and exit, mode of transmission; primary prevention (vaccines, disinfection and sterilization)
6. Prevention of healthcare-associated infections: hand washing, gloves, instruments management, environmental controls, water, healthcare waste management
7. Environmental public health: physical and chemical pollutants and environmental compartments; the example of the dental amalgama; nutrition and oral health
8. Epidemiology and prevention of chronic diseases: epidemiology and prevention of periodontal disease, epidemiology and prevention of caries
9. Health education: intervention planning; methodology
10. Screening programs
11. Healthcare management: healthcare systems, financing, management models, clinical governance; healthcare quality and risk management, evidence-based practice, bibliographic databases (exercise)
12. Clincal research in Dante: Pier delle Vigne.

KJ Rothman, S Greenland. Modern Epidemiology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, 1998

Epidemiologia e Management in Sanità – Elementi di metodologia, II edizione 2015. Manzoli L, Villari P, Boccia A. Edi-ermes

Igiene e Sanità Pubblica – I fondamenti della Prevenzione. Auxilia-Pontello, ed. Piccin, 2011