Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Midwifery
Academic year when starting the degree: 
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
Course type: 
Basic compulsory subjects
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
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Lesson (16 hours)

Scientific knowledge of courses attended during the previous years is considered useful

Voto Finale

The course aims to provide the students with:
- the knowledge in terminology, methods and instruments in the fields of public health
- the capacity to develop a scientific methodological approach, 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: principal epidemiological study, measure of frequency and measure of association, bias and confounding, methods for confounding control.
3. Epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases: source and reservoir of infection, mode of transmission, risk factors; prevention (vaccination, passive immunoprophylaxis, chemoprophylaxis, disinfection and sterilization, surveillance and notification)
4. Prevention of healthcare-associated infections: hand washing, gloves, environmental control, healthcare waste management – basic concepts of environmental public health
5. Primary prevention during pregnancy: risk factors, focus on diet-related conditions (folate supplementation, diabetes, breastfeeding and childhood obesity), food safety; health education, methodology
6. Secondary prevention during pregnancy: screening; implementation criteria; pre- and post-natal screening programs (guidelines, effectiveness, appropriateness, bioethics);
7. Healthcare system: structure and sourcing, healthcare management (continuous quality improvement: accountability, needs assessment, case management, risk management, evidence-based practice – exercise: use of bibliographic databases)

* Igiene e Sanità Pubblica – I fondamenti della Prevenzione. Auxilia-Pontello, Piccin eds, 2011
* Epidemiologia e Management in Sanità – Elementi di metodologia, II edizione 2015. Manzoli L, Villari P, Boccia A. Edi-ermes


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