00699 - Occupational Medicine

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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 Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • Recognize the role of a health professional in the occupational health field;
  • Describe the general relation between work activity (risk factors for health and safety), lifestyle and other relevant determinants of health;
  • Recognize the epidemiology of the most common occupational diseases;

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 health care worker
  • Classification of occupational risk factors (physical, chemical, biological agents, biomechanical and relational factors).
  • Introduction to occupational toxicology and hygiene

Part B: Occupational diseases

  • Occupational cancer
  • Chemical risk (solvents, metals, pesticides)
  • Reproductive hazards
  • Respiratory and skin diseases

Part C: Occupational risk factors in the healthcare setting

  • Biological risk (blood borne diseases, HIV, Hepatitis B)
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Biomechanical overload
  • Psychosocial (relational) factors: Stress, bullying, mobbing and burnout
  • Occupational health in healthcare worker settings


Medicina del Lavoro. Manuale per le Professioni Sanitarie. Angelo Sacco, Matteo Ciavarella, Giuseppe De Lorenzo. 2018

Teaching methods

Classroom lectures.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice tests, or short written responses to a few questions.

Teaching tools

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

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Eva Vanna Lorenza Negri