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First Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[30/46]  PRIMARY TEACHER EDUCATION [46/00 - Ord. 2011]  PERCORSO COMUNE 4 30


At the end of the course students must have acquired:

The student must show the knowledge and understanding of the most important notions of epidemiology, and the main tools for preventing and protecting health in relation to the sschool setting.

The student should be able to understand and apply the main prevention strategies for communicable and non communicable diseases.

The student must be able to combine, understand and explain in the best way the data obtained in order to design and develop prevention and health promotion projects for the school setting.

The student must demonstrate that he or she possesses adequate skills regarding the processes of prevention and health promotion in the school setting. He must also demonstrate knowledge on risk factors of the main communicable and non-communicable diseases. Finally, he must demonstrate the ability to communicate the acquired knowledge and skills with an appropriate language.


Beginner level of general biology


Defining hygiene, health and disease health and disease
Epidemiology principles and evidence-Based Medicine Pyramid
Cause of a disease: the concept, the evidence of causality, sufficient and/or necessary causes and risk factors
Health determinants
Levels of prevention: health promotion, primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
Prevention strategies: high risk and population strategies.
Communicable diseases: definition, epidemiology and burden.
Chain of infection: infectious agent, transmission, host.
Infectious diseases prevention and control: indirect and direct methods.
Passive and active immunoprophylaxis.
Vaccines and communication on vaccines
Primary prevention of infectious diseases: health education.
Non-communicable diseases: definition, epidemiology and burden of the main preventable chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer, diabetes).
Common modifiable risk factors: unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, alcohol.
Primary prevention of non-communicable disease: health education strategies.
Health promotion for the prevention of non-communicable disease: definition, differences between health promotion and health education, the Ottawa Charter.
Planning health promotion projects in school setting
Health communication for the prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Health Organization principles.

Teaching Methods

Lectures and interactive lectures with participative working groups.

Verification of learning

Written exam: 2 simulated problems. Up to 31 (11 points of correctness, 10 points of completeness, 10 points of clarity).

The evaluation will be expressed in thirtieths; to pass the exam the student must reach a minimum score of 18. The student who reaches 31 points will have 30/30 cum laude.


Barbuti S, Fara GM,. Giammanco G et al Igiene Medicina Preventiva Sanità pubblica. EdiSES


More Information

Prof.ssa Claudia Sardu
Email : 070/6753106
Department of Medical Science and Public Health , Blocco I, room 17 - Cittadella di Monserrato

The lecturer meets students by appointment fixed by e-mail at:

Documents and slides used during the lessons are available to students; please contact the lecturer by email.

Students with special needs may benefit from a Disabled Office ( that certifies their difficulties in order to arrange individualized programs and exams.

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