75259 - Occupational Medicine -

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Physiotherapy (cod. 8476)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will know the general concepts of the Occupational Medicine. Particular attention will be devoted to the healthcare work environment.

Course contents

The course is divided into three parts (4 hours each).

Part A: introductory lectures that will focus on the general concepts and on the methods applied in the field of Occupational Medicine

  • Introduction to occupational medicine (history, statistics, scientific framework, aims)
  • Reference legislative frame. The role of the occupational physician.
  • Classification of occupational risk factors (physical, chemical, biological agents, biomechanical and relational factors).
  • Introduction to occupational toxicology and hygiene

Part B: Occupational diseases

  • Work-related muscoloskeletal disorders
  • Occupational cancer
  • Stress-related diseases (bullying, mobbing, and burnout)
  • Work, fertility and pregnancy

Part C: Occupational risk factors in the healthcare setting

  • Biomechanical overload
  • Chemical risk
  • Biological risk
  • Skin diseases and asthma


Pira, Romano, Carrer. Manuale di Medicina del Lavoro. Edizioni Minerva Medica, 2017.

Alessio and Apostoli. Manuale di Medicina del Lavoro e Igiene Industriale per Tecnici della Prevenzione. Piccin-Nuova Libraria, 2014.

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures.

Assessment methods

The exam will focus on the issues indicated in the "Course contents" section.
The exam consists in a multiple choice test with four answers for each question.
Students are asked to select one correct answer from the choices offered as a list.
A total of 31 questions will be included:to get the maximum final score (30/30 cum laude) students should answer correctly to more all the questions. Minimum final scoring (18/30) will be awarded for 18 correct answers. Final score will be proportionally calculated for intermediate results.
Time for completing the test: 30 minutes.

Teaching tools

If needed, they will be distributed directly or via the university website.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Francesco Saverio Violante


Good health and well-being Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.