75218 - "Occupational Epidemiology"

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

Good health and well-being Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

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

-basic principles of the evidence-based prevention

-distribution of occupational diseases and injuries at work

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

-relation between socio-economic inequalities and disease

Course contents

Module 1 (24h)

Incidence of occupational diseases and injuries at work: use of INAIL database to collect data on occupational injuries and work-related diseases; trend of occupational diseases and injuries at work; socio-economic inequalities and disease.

Evidence-based prevention (part 1): introduction to evidence-based prevention; human population and exposure variability; pros and cons of observational studies and trials in public health; randomized controlled trials and cluster randomized controlled trials; efficacy and effectiveness; effectiveness of a preventive intervention: data collection, data synthesis and evaluation of the evidence; traditional review of the literature; systematic review and metanalysis in evidence-based prevention.

Module 2 (12h)

Evidence-based prevention (part 2): Cochrane Collaboration and Cochrane Work; methodology in conducting a systematic review: search strategies; use of PubMed for literature search; systematic reviews: study selection and quality appraisal; introduction to writing a Cochrane review; development and evaluation of a preventive intervention.


Baldasseroni A, Olimpi N. EBP e Lavoro. L'efficacia degli interventi per la prevenzione degli infortuni sul lavoro. Istituto Superiore di Sanità e Regione Toscana, 2009. This text can be downloaded at http://www.epicentro.iss.it/ebp/pdf/dossier09.pdf

Geoffrey Rose. Rose's Strategy of Preventive Medicine. OUP Oxford, 2008.

Teaching materials (accessible through IOL platform) and scientific articles about methodology and examples of evaluation of the effectiveness of preventive interventions.

Teaching methods


Working in small groups using the computer room as well

Assessment methods

The exam of Occupational Epidemiology is composed of two steps:

1) Writing an essay on the evaluation of the effectiveness of a preventive intervention stating the criteria used to search the literature.

This essay will be evaluated on the following criteria: a) search strategy; b) preventive intervention; c) type of study design; d) clarity of the text.

In order to sign up for the first exam period, students have to send the essay within two weeks after the end of the lessons. Only students with a positively evaluated essay could be enrolled to the final exam.

2) Oral examination: discussion of the essay and posing of two questions (duration about 15 min).

The final score will be calculated as the average of the single scores. The evaluation of the exam will be expressed as a mark out of 30.

Students must sign up using AlmaEsami. Late exam registrations are not admitted.

For “Science of Prevention IV”, the final score will be calculated as weighted average of the individual marks of the following exams:

  • Occupational Epidemiology (3 CFU)
  • General Pathology (2 CFU)
  • Principles of Infectious Diseases (2 CFU)
  • General Toxicology (3 CFU)

To be noted that Prof. Mattioli (lecturer in Occupational Epidemiology) will be in charge of the recording of the final score.

Teaching tools

Whiteboard, PC, video projector, computer lab.

Office hours

See the website of Stefano Mattioli

See the website of Stefania Curti