75258 - Hygiene and Health Education -

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  • Teacher Rossella Sacchetti

  • Credits 2

  • SSD MED/42

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Physiotherapy (cod. 8476)

  • Course Timetable from Oct 20, 2021 to Nov 30, 2021


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

Good health and well-being

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students will learn the theoretical principles of hospital epidemiology and hygiene and will be able to assess health problems in a community and how health and social care services meet the major needs of the population.

Course contents

Basic general prevention

Health determinants. Objectives and methods of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Health education.

Epidemiology and prevention of infectious diseases

Microorganisms. Host-parasite relationships. Infection sources, routes of entry and elimination of infective agents, direct and indirect transmission, factors favouring infections.

General prophylaxis. Active and passive immunoprophylaxis; constitution and requisites of vaccine, precautions and contraindications, schedule for vaccines in newborns, vaccines for health operators. Chemoprophylaxis. Objectives and methods for antisepsis, disinfection and sterilization. Some applications of disinfectants and antiseptics.

Epidemiology and prophylaxis of the most important infections transmitted mainly by air; infections with oral-fecal transmission; infections transmitted through blood contact.

Hospital infections. Standard control measures. Isolation as an infection control measure in hospitals. Biological risk for health operators.


  • N. Comodo, G. Maciocco - Igiene e Sanità Pubblica. Manuale per le professioni sanitarie. - Carocci Faber Editore.
  • C. Meloni - IGIENE per le lauree delle professioni sanitarie - Casa Editrice Ambrosiana.

Teaching methods

frontal lectures

Assessment methods

Oral test

Teaching tools

Office hours

See the website of Rossella Sacchetti