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Class L/SNT4 Health Professions for Preventive care
Credits 180
Duration 3 years
Location Udine
Legal requirements High School Diploma or other equivalent

Preventative Techniques for the Environment and Workplace

The Inter-University Degree Course in Preventative Techniques for the Environment and Workplace  operates in alternate years at the Universities of Trieste and Udine.

In the academic year 2012-2013 the first year will be held in Udine.

The purpose of the Course is to train health care professionals with a solid theoretical and practical knowledge of techniques and sciences connected to prevention in the environment and work-place. Graduates are experts in prevention in the environment and workplace who, with technical and professional autonomy, monitor and control the hygiene and environmental safety of workplaces, everyday environments, foodstuffs, beverages, public and veterinary health in private and public facilities.

The didactic activities consist of classroom lessons, practical lessons, tutorials and traineeships. The obligatory traineeship requires the student to carry out practical activities with a good deal of autonomy, to simulate the activity on a professional level. The lessons are held at the University of Trieste and Udine (Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, and other Faculties); the National Health Care Facilities (Prevention Departments) of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region; the Regional Agency for the Protection of the Environment (ARPA – both at the head office and in the provincial branches); the Hospitals of the Region; the scientific Institute “Burlo Garofolo” in Trieste; the Oncological Center in Aviano; and of other private bodies or Companies that have agreements with the Degree Course.

Attendance at the theoretical and practical lessons is obligatory. The Degree is obtained after passing a final exam, theoretical and professional, which is also a qualification to practice the profession. The exam consists of a theoretical, applicative and experimental dissertation, and a practical exam to demonstrate the student's practical abilities in managing a situation related to the specific profession.

The Technician for Prevention in the Environment and Workplace must:

- know the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics needed to recognize the existence and evaluate the entity of factors of physical, chemical and biological risk in the environment and workplace;

- understand the biological phenomena and the fundamentals of human physio-pathology in order to make a correct sanitary evaluation of the living and work environment of the community;

- be able to identify and evaluate the sanitary characteristics of the different environmental compartments (air, water, soil, foods, confined spaces, work places), to analyze the environmental problems that can affect the health of a community or the problems of work places associated with the health of the workers, and to evaluate the resources and responses of the health services to prevent effects on health;

- learn the basic cultural and professional principles which direct prevention with regard to a person and the community, in order to apply these principles in experiences at the public and private prevention structures.

The Technician for Prevention in the Environment and Workplace can find work, as employee or freelancer, both in the public sector (i.e. National Health Care Facilities such as Prevention Departments or Regional Environmental Protection Agencies) where he/she performs the duties of prevention, inspection and surveillance, and in the private sector with the task of organizing and managing food safety or work-place security (prevention service and company protection, food industry), or environmental protection facilities.

Further information can be found on the website of the Degree Course at: