00699 - Occupational Medicine (L-Z)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Medicine and Surgery (cod. 8415)

Learning outcomes

Aims of the course:

  • To present the general concepts of the occupational medicine;
  • To present the most common occupational diseases;
  • To introduce the diagnostic framework and the management of selected occupational diseases.

Course contents

Introduction and general fundamentals of the discipline (2 hours).

  • Introduction to occupational medicine.
  • Reference legislative frame. The role of the occupational physician.
  • Classification of occupational risk factors.

Occupational diseases (8 hours).

  • Musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Occupational noise-induced hearing loss.
  • Work-related respiratory disease.
  • Work-related skin disorders.
  • Work-related cancers.

Occupational toxicology and industrial hygiene (2 hours).

  • Introduction to occupational toxicology and industrial hygiene.
  • Metal toxicity.
  • Toxicity of solvents.

Reproductive health in the workplace (2 hours).

  • Endocrine disruptors.
  • Reproductive hazards in the workplace. Reference legislative frame.

Health care sector and psychosocial risk factors (2 hours).

  • Occupational medicine in the healthcare work setting.
  • Psychosocial risk factors in the workplace and related health effects. Models for job-related stress assessment.


  1. LaDou J and Harrison R. Current Occupational and Environmental Medicine (5th ed.). McGraw-Hill Education, 2014

Teaching methods

Frontal 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 65 questions will be included: n.26 on Forensic Medicine, n.26 on Occupational Medicine and n.13 on General and Social Pedagogy.

To get the maximum final score (30/30 cum laude) students should answer correctly to more than or equal to 63 questions. If the number of right scoring is 61 or 62 then the final score will be 30/30. Minimum final scoring (18/30) will be awarded for 36 correct answers and pass-scoring for each subject. Final score will be proportionally calculated for intermediate results.

Time for completing the test: 60 minutes.

Teaching tools

Teaching materials available on Virtuale (Virtual Learning Environment)

Office hours

See the website of Roberta Bonfiglioli


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