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CODE 98303
SEMESTER 2° Semester
MODULES Questo insegnamento è un modulo di:



The main objective of the course is to enable future teachers of nursery school to understand that health education is a primary educational need and must be included among the educational activities carried out in infant and nursery schools. Further aims are to foster an awareness of the importance of the prevention of both infectious diseases and chronic-degenerative illnesses and to transmit the basic concepts of health at school. At the end of the course, students must possess adequate knowledge of the principal concepts of health promotion and the prevention of infectious diseases, particularly those of greatest relevance to the first years of life. They must therefore show that they have understood that prevention is fundamental to safeguarding the health of both the individual and the community. Moreover, they must be able to apply the knowledge that they have acquired and must have the skills required in order to design and construct educational intervention for health promotion or disease prevention in the infant school or nursery school.


At the end of the course, the student will: know the main concepts of health promotion and prevention of communicable diseases and noncommunicable diseases; demonstrate an understanding of the importance of prevention in protecting the health of the individual and the community; know the objectives of the National Prevention Plan; and know how to design a health education intervention applied to the context of children's care services.


Lectures (frontal lessons) with active student participation.

Examples of designing health promotion and prevention educational pathways applied to the context of children's care services.



Concept of health and determinants of health. Definitions of prevention and health promotion. Epidemiology: epidemiological measures and types of studies. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Epidemiology and prevention of communicable diseases. Epidemiology and prevention of noncommunicable diseases. Goals of the National Prevention Plan and National Vaccine Prevention Plan. First aid.

Teaching contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda: goal 3, goal 4, goal 16.


Study material will be provided by the teacher and published on aulaweb.

Recommended books for in- depth study:

Chiara Lorini, Patrizio Zanobini, Maria Grazia Santini. La salute dei bambini al nido. Carocci Editore. Manuali Faber 2024.

Igiene e Sanità Pubblica – Secrets – Domande e risposte 2021 - Signorelli C et al. Società Editrice Universo

Igiene, Medicina Preventiva, Sanità Pubblica – Ricciardi Walter, Stefania Boccia et al. Terza edizione Editore Idelson Gnocchi.




Second semester. First week of March 2025.



Mandatory written examination. Test consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions with one correct answer (1 point for each correct answer, 0 points for each wrong or no answer) and 1 open question. In the open question, the level of knowledge, the degree of thoroughness, and the ability to use appropriate vocabulary will be assessed. Oral test at the student's request will be established in order to improve the grade received in the written test.

Students with disabilities or DSA are reminded that in order to request adaptations in the exam, certification must first be entered on the University website at page in the "Students" (“Studenti”) section. The documentation will be verified by the Settore servizi per l’inclusione degli studenti con disabilità e con DSA dell’Ateneo (

Subsequently, significantly in advance of the examination date (at least 10 days), an e-mail must be sent to the teacher with whom the examination will be taken, including in the knowledge copy both the School Contact Teacher for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities and DSA ( and the above-mentioned Sector using one of the following addresses (;

The e-mail should specify:

- the name of the teaching

- the date of the exam call

- the student's last name, first name and roll number

- the compensatory tools and dispensatory measures deemed functional and required.

The contact person (Prof. Laura Traverso) will confirm to the teacher that the applicant has the right to request adaptations in the exam and that these adaptations must be agreed with the Professor. The Professor will respond by informing whether the requested adaptations can be used.

Requests should be sent at least 10 days before the date of the exam in order to allow the teacher to evaluate the content. In particular, in the case of intending to make use of concept maps for the exam (which must be much concise), the student must adhere to the above timelines.

Please see the document for more information: Linee guida per la richiesta di servizi, di strumenti compensativi e/o di misure dispensative e di ausili specifici


The written format has been adopted in order to ensure that the knowledge acquired during the entire course is assessed in an objective manner. This modality is deemed to be able to correctly evaluate the achievement of both the general and specific training objectives. In the oral examination, the student's level of knowledge, quality of exposition and ability to use appropriate vocabulary will be assessed.


A page dedicated to the teaching program will be activated on aulaweb. The study material presented during the lessons will be regularly uploaded to this page, as will other material required for further in-depth study.

The teacher will publish all information regarding the teaching program on this page.

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
Good health and well being
Good health and well being
Quality education
Quality education
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Peace, justice and strong institutions