Public health

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
MED/42 SECS-P/06
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide students with the cultural tools to learn about: 1. the principles of the of hospital hygiene and prevention of healthcare related infections; 2. The most important laws of the health systems, to understand the elements of the national and regional levels of the health services; 3. The organization of the general practitioner care outside hospitals; 4. The risk management and patient safety rules and the continuous quality improvement; 5. The first elements of health economics with particular attention on cost/benefits ratio of diagnostic therapeutic and preventive procedures and the ways to apply them on medical decisions. 6. the concept of global health in order to facilitate the learning of the great phenomena that affect health and access to prevention and treatment at a global level.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student must:
1. know the healthcare related infections and the ways to reduce them;
2. Know the health organization at national and regional level;
3. know the organization of the general practice;
4. Know the first concepts about risk management and patient safety;
5. Know the concepts of health economics and their application to medical decisions.
6. Understand the concept and the essentials of global health.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge is required
Assessment methods and Criteria
The full exam at the end of the course, consisting of the administration of the two partial tests (30 multiple choice questions for each test) that will give rise to the final grade. If students have the grade of the midterm exam it will be done an average of the two grades. The student who does not pass the second partial but has taken the 2nd year partial test with an accepted grade, will have to repeat only the second part of the exam, while those who do not have the grade of the mid-term test, will have to take the full exam.
Igiene generale e applicata
Course syllabus
Health services organization: Health Service in Transition, Analysis of general principles and values of health care systems and their performance using different data set. The Italian National health service. The principal challenges a health service face will be discussed with respect to hospital and primary care. Risk Management: definitions and case study. The quality of all the elements of the process of care is evaluated. The methods to assess quality are described.
community and patient interventions; promotion of protective behaviors and reduction of risk behaviors; neuroscience and prevention: educational interventions in pre-adolescence and adolescence; reference theories for the development of educational interventions
Teaching methods
Lectures through the use of slide presentations (eg power point), made available to the student on the Ariel platform
Teaching Resources
Barbuti, Fara, Giammanco. Igiene e Medicina Preventiva. Monduzzi ed. ultima edizione 2008. 2 volumi
Meloni. Pelissero, Igiene, CEA ed. 2007
Economia applicata
Course syllabus
Global Health: Key concepts and definition of global health (GH); Evolution of GH from tropical medicine to public health and international health; Global burden of disease, epidemiological transition and progress in health indicators; Recent phenomena and future of global health; Social and economic determinants of health; Era of the sustainable development goals (SDGs); Tuberculosis as a model in global health burden and response; the World Health Organization and other major actors in GH; International Cooperation; the great challenges: migrations and climate change.
Applied Economics module
Challenges and "futures" of the Italian health sector: the implications for the management of healthcare companies and for professionals
The typical complexity of healthcare companies
Why management does matter in healthcare? And which?
Professionalism: resource and complication
The engagement of clinicians in the healthcare company and its direction: a matter of method
Planning as an exercise of leadership (abrasive) and strategic change
Budgeting and performance management
Strategic management of human resources and organization
The dynamics of transformation in a corporate key of the hospital and primary care sector
The fundamental issues to relaunch the NHS and the Italian health sector
Teaching methods
Lectures using slide presentations (eg power point), made available to the student on the Ariel platform with rapid exercises based on Q&A
Teaching Resources
Federico Lega, Economia e Management Sanitario: Settore, Sistema, Aziende, Protagonisti, EGEA, 2018
Skolnik R. Global Health 101, 4th Edition. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019
Economia applicata
SECS-P/06 - APPLIED ECONOMICS - University credits: 1
Lessons: 12 hours
Professor: Lega Federico
Igiene generale e applicata
MED/42 - HYGIENE AND PUBLIC HEALTH - University credits: 3
Lessons: 36 hours
Weekly - plese write to
Department of Scienze Biomediche per la Salute - Via Pascal 36