78853 - Environmental Epidemiology

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Health Professions of Prevention Sciences (cod. 8878)

Learning outcomes

The main objective of this course is to provide basic knowledge on the following items:

-principles of the evidence-based medicine and prevention

-distribution of environmental diseases 

-introduction to the main methods of the epidemiological studies used in public health

Course contents

Environmental epidemiology methodology, with emphasis on exposure assessment and protection from bias

Evaluation of effectiveness of preventive interventions

Case-study: presentation by students


Recommended textbooks

General introduction to epidemiology methods

Lash TL, VanderWeele TJ, Haneuse S, Rothman KJ. Modern Epidemiology, 4th edition. Wolters Kluwer, 2021.

Introduction to environmental epidemiology

Bake D, Nieuwenhuijsen MJ. Environmental Epidemiology. Study methods and application. OUP, 2008.

Advanced methods

Thomas DC. Statistical Methods in Environmental Epidemiology. OUP, 2009.

Dominici F, Peng RD. Statistical Methods for Environmental Epidemiology with R A Case Study in Air Pollution and Health. Springer, 2008.

Teaching methods


Working groups and presentations

Assessment methods

Case-study presentation (50%)

In-class participation (30%)

Final exam (MCQ - 20%)

Teaching tools

Slides and other material used in class

Office hours

See the website of Eva Vanna Lorenza Negri


Good health and well-being

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