Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


A.Y. Credits
2016/2017 4
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Mauro De Santi Monday, from 16:00 to 17:00; Friday, from 10:00 to 11:00

Assigned to the Degree Course

Education Sciences for Nursery and Primary School (LM-85bis)
Date Time Classroom / Location

Learning Objectives

The course aims to raise awareness of the factors that influence the state of health and the causes of disease, to define the concept of a risk factor for human health, to make known some of the most common chronic-degenerative and infectious diseases, especially in childhood, providing the basic knowledge on the tools and methods of preventive medicine and health education, particularly in childhood.


Definition and Hygiene purposes. Definition of health. Inequalities in health. Main factors affecting the transition from health to disease: factors relating to the physical, biological, social and personal behavior. Notions of demography and general epidemiology. The most important measures in epidemiology. The positive and negative health indicators. The risk factors. Epidemiology of infectious diseases: sources of infection, mode of transmission of pathogens. Primary, secondary and tertiary disease prevention. Defensive mechanisms from the infectious diseases: the immune system. The prophylaxis of infectious diseases: measures aimed to the sick, the mode of transmission and immunoprophylaxis. Compulsory and recommended vaccinations. From prevention to health education. Health education with particular reference to the age of development. Generality of some developmental disorders: exanthematous diseases, meningitis, acute gastroenteritis. Some infectious diseases by incorrect lifestyle: AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C. Epidemiology and prevention of some chronic-degenerative diseases of greatest social interest (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes). Hygiene of the environment: the main sources of air and water pollution and effects on health. School hygiene. Some major diseases of school age (paramorphism, allergies, myopia, dental caries). Hygiene of nutrition deficiency and malnutrition by excess nutrients, nutrition education, BMI, the food pyramid. Promotion of physical activity. Food hygiene: infectious and chemical risks derived from the consumption of food. Notions of Public Health: The international health organization. The National Health Service.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding: The student, through the participation of frontal lessons and the individual study, will develop knowledge and understanding about the determinants of health-disease continuum, the epidemiological assessment, primary prevention models and behavioral, environmental and food risk factors that most threaten health in different age groups, with particular attention to child and adolescent age.

Applying knowledge and understanding: The student will know how to evaluate the presence of protective and risk factors in the practice of his profession, he will be able to assess the possibility and the need to take simple and complex preventive actions in its professional environment.

Making judgments: The student will have developed behaviors able to interpret the demographic, epidemiological and statistical data supplied from registers and databases, and to select the correct scientific information, identifying potential "target" of interest of their activities.

Communication skills: The student will be able to consciously use a relevant language about the health and educational sciences, recognizing both traditional and innovative ways and tools of communication.

Learning skills: The student will be able to apply learning methods and tools to address the issues studied in the course, and he will be capable to autonomously expand its knowledge. He will acquire and will use scientific information necessary to assess the validity of their professional activities.

Mode of assessment of learning outcomes acquired by the student: Assessment of the achievement of learning outcomes, is through questionnaires in the presence of the teacher.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and the specific disclosure of the teacher is available, along with other support activities, in the Moodle> blended.uniurb.it platform (http://blended.uniurb.it)

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal lessons

Course books


Romano Spica V, Brandi G. Igiene, Educazione alla salute e Sanità Pubblica. Antonio Delfino Editore, 2013.

The student can study even in other text providing all arguments required by the program.


Oral examination

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


Non-attending students can prepare for the exam through the textbook and the teching material placed in the Moodle platform (http://blended.uniurb.it).

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