Curricular Unit:Code:
Prophylaxis and Epidemiology1019PEPI
2UndergraduateClinical Analyses and Public Health4 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English52
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
Prophylaxis and Epidemiology projects itself in learning and in practice of clinical specialties and public health, as it works as a fundamental science. Its objectives rely on generate interest for pursuing the knowledge of how diseases occur and, when they happen, why they do it in such a variety of forms, leaving in mind the basic questions of epidemiological studies.
The main aim is that students acquire basic knowledge and skills that can be used in the characterization of the health status of a population, in the identification of the etiology of health problems and in the development of public health strategies.
Definition and background of epidemiology. Measuring health and disease. Causal inference: models and criteria of causality. Clinical epidemiology. Types of epidemiologic studies. Design of epidemiological studies.
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Epidemiology is an instrument for scientific research about health. Several descriptive tools are used for describing the health and disease status of a population, and association tools for analysing the relation with the exposition to some factors. Different levels of prevention and types of epidemiological studies are also covered, as well as the importance of epidemiology for clinical practice and public health.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Oral presentation and explanation of the programmatic contents, with the support of audiovisual media.
Appeal to the active participation of the students, through an interrogative methodology.
Exercise resolution.
The minimum percentage of frequency in the theoretical and practical lessons of this subject is of 50%, according to UFP Pedagogical Regulation.
Evaluation is periodic with two theoretical tests (65%) and one practical test (35%).
The dates of the evaluation tests will be scheduled at the beginning of the semester.
The lack of attendance to one evaluation test implies the classification of zero for the purpose of calculation of the final classification and the non attribution of the ECTS.
Pupils who present a final classification inferior to 10 values in continuous evaluation are consider non-approved and do have to perform a final examination, on a date scheduled by UFP.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The teaching-learning methodologies of this curricular unit were programmed to enhance application of theoretical concepts learned. Thus, in an initial phase, the oral explanation allows the approach and understanding of the programmatic contents. Classes focus on active and participative methods aiming to maintain students' attention and develop their critical capacity. The resolution of exercises leads to a greater motivation of the students in the application and consolidation of the acquired knowledge. The appeal to the critical sense of the students in the analysis of the results enhances their capacity to interconnect the knowledge and to properly interpret the obtained results.
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[3] Friedman, GD (2004) Primer of Epidemiology, 5th ed., McGraw-Hill.
[4] Beaglehole, R; Bonita, R; Kjellström, T (2006) Basic Epidemiology, 2nd ed., WHO. [Beaglehole, R; Bonita, R; Kjellström, T (2003) Epidemiologia Básica, 2ª ed., Santos.]
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