Professional management

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
M-PSI/06 MED/44 SPS/09
Learning objectives
The course is aimed at providing students with knowledge about:
- the development and management of hospitals and their evolution over time as concerns health and safety needs, in the light of the national and regional legislation;
- theories and intervention models used by work and organizational psychology within the context of health an helping professions;
- positive psychology applied to work;
- the sociology of professions, elaborated by American and British sociology, critically adopted in continental Europe and Italy;
- the professionalization process of nurses and other health professions;
- the evolution of health professions in care, diagnostic and rehabilitation, including the institution of orders or professional colleges for healthcare professions different from medicine and nursing
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the teaching, the student must be able to:
- to know the laws relating to the prevention and protection of health and safety in the workplace and the economic and economic-business constraints and to be able to develop interventions aimed at providing an effective contribution to the organization;
- to know the psychological aspects of both individual work behaviours and in the contexts of the group and organisation, with particular reference to the management of power and leadership;
- know how to manage and solve organizational problems.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Most lessons will take place synchronously through the Teams platforms. If possible, some lessons will be organized in presence, following the indications provided by the University as concerns safety and social distancing, with simultaneous activation of the remote mode via Teams. All lessons will be recorded and made available to students on the Ariel platform, together with additional learning materials.
The course program and materials will not change.
During the emergency phase exams will be performed orally through Teams. Whenever possible, written exams will be organized in presence, following the indications concerning safety and social distancing. The possibility to perform the exam orally in remote mode will be anyway guaranteed for students living in other regions or countries, as well as for students with serious pathologies.
Prerequisites for admission
No prior knowledge required.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The assessment of learning outcomes consists of a written test, taking place during specific exam sessions, as per the Rules. The test includes multiple choice questions.
All the modules comprised in the teaching contribute equally to determining the final mark, expressed on a scale of 30.
No intermediate or early exam sessions are planned.
Teaching materials or notes are not allowed for consultation during testing.
The results are published on the ARIEL website of the master degree.
Occupational medicine
Course syllabus
The proposed course is composed by the following main topics:
- Principles and current status of the occupational health and its more important lexical concepts and items.
- Italian and European legislation.
- Principles for risk evaluation.
- Chemical, biological, physical and psychological hazards frequently observed for health workers.
- Standard organization of the health and safety services in healthcare structures and other organizations.
Teaching methods
The teaching consists of frontal classroom lessons, scheduled according to a timetable published on the ARIEL website of the master degree
Teaching Resources
Bertazzi PA et al. (2013). Lavoro Ambiente e Salute. Milano, Cortina
Slides provided by the teacher
Work and Organizational Psychology
Course syllabus
- Work in different disciplinary contexts - Origins, developments and perspectives of work psychology
- Work performance and its evaluation Professional skills - Values, needs and psychological contract The working group - Organizational cultures - Theories of motivation to work - Decision models in organizations - Job satisfaction - Stress, psychosocial risks and organisational health - case studies
Teaching methods
The teaching consists of frontal classroom lessons, scheduled according to a timetable published on the ARIEL website of the master degree.
Teaching Resources
F. Avallone, Psicologia del lavoro e delle organizzazioni, Manuali universitari, Edizione 2011, Ristampa 2016(Cap. 1,3,5,9,10,13,16,19,23,25,27)
Slides provided by the teacher
Economic sociology and sociology of work and organisations
Course syllabus
- The concept of profession in the Italian legal system and in the sociology of professions.
- Basic theoretical contributions of the sociology of professions. Talcott Parsons and functionalism. Criticism to Parsons.
Harold Wilensky and the stages of professionalization.
- The theories of power and monopoly: knowledge and power; the concept of jurisdiction; the"professional project" of Magali
Sarfatti Larson; social closure strategies.
- Health professions: physicians. Historical background of the physician professionalization: from the Middle Ages to the
present. Eliot Freidson and medical dominance. The current debate on medical dominance.
- Italian physicians in comparative perspective. From Italy Unification to the fascist period. Fascism and corporations. The
mutualist period. Italian physicians in the SSN.
- The process of professionalising nurses between care and cure.
- Other health professions: The peculiarities of Italy. History and evolution up to the 1930s. The fifties-sixties: the
proliferation of health professions.
- The health professions of prevention: the professionalization of technicians of prevention in the environment and
at workplace. Health assistants: development, "decline" and rediscovery of a profession.
- The medical technical professions: characteristics of the process of professionalization of the technicians of the diagnostic
area and of the care area. Radiology technicians: a case of early professionalization. Audiometrists and audiologists: the
relationship between profession, private companies and technology
- Rehabilitation professions: patterns of professionalization process. inter-professional relationships and associations. The
evolution of rehabilitation professions.
- Health professions from Nineties to present: changes in training, professional features and roles, workplaces.
- Health professions reform and legge 3/2018
Teaching methods
The teaching consists of frontal classroom lessons, scheduled according to a timetable published on the ARIEL website of the master degree
Teaching Resources
Tousijn W. (2000), Il sistema delle occupazioni sanitarie, Bologna, Il Mulino, capp. 1, 4, 6, 7; cap. 5 (limitatamente al par. 1)
- Neri S. (2018), I professionisti della prevenzione nel lavoro che cambia. Il tecnico della prevenzione nell'ambiente e nei luoghi di lavoro, "Sociologia del lavoro", 150, 234-48.
Other suggested readings:
- Remaning chapters of Tousjin's book
- Vicarelli G. (2010), Gli eredi di Esculapio. Medici e politiche sanitarie nell'Italia Unita, Roma, Carocci
Economic sociology and sociology of work and organisations
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Bracchi Laura
Occupational medicine
MED/44 - OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE - University credits: 2
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Bonzini Matteo
Work and Organizational Psychology
Lessons: 16 hours
Professor: Silvaggi Fabiola