39181 - Legal Medicine and Professional Ethics

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in Dietistic (cod. 8470)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will have acquired knowledge regarding the ethical and deontological aspects relating to the profession.

Course contents

The following topics will be covered
Introduction: forensic medicine and forensic science
Hints of Law
Judicial system
Material causation
Crimes against individual safety
Crimes against life
Legal figures of Healthcare Workers
Duties of Healthcare Professionals (Rescue - Report - Report)
Medical records
Informed consent
Legal capacity
Ability to Act
Support management
Social Insurance
Rules for the social protection of maternity and on Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy (when possible, considering the timing)
Medical professional responsibility and health care professionals
Some hints on Forensic traumatology, Medical-Legal Pathology and Forensic Thanatology and Assessment of Death


M. Zagra, A. Argo, B. Madea, P. Procaccianti, Problem-Oriented Legal Medicine, Elsevier, 2011.
C. Puccini, Institutions of Forensic Medicine, Ambrosiana Publishing House, 6 edition, 2003.
A. Cicognani, M. Fallani, S. Pelotti, Forensic Medicine, Aesculapius, 2014.
During the course, didactic material will be provided.

Teaching methods

Lectures and case discussion.

Assessment methods

The exam will consist of a written test with multiple choices that aims to evaluate the achievement of the didactic objectives.

Teaching tools

PC, video projector.

Office hours

See the website of Arianna Giorgetti


Good health and well-being

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