Social Medicine

Course Information
TitleΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΗ ΙΑΤΡΙΚΗ / Social Medicine
FacultyHealth Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorTheodoros Dardavesis
Course ID200000292

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
1. ΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΥΓΙΕΙΝΗΣMalamatenia Arvanitidou-Vagiona, Theodoros Dardavesis, Nikolaos Papadakis
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The goal of the course of Preventive and Social Medicine is to train medical students to identify the health problems of a population, analyze the resources needed to preserve and improve population health, and progressively become a new generation of decision makers in health. Specifically for each lecture, the learning outcomes are: 1.Introduction to Preventive Medicine Which are the levels of prevention? Measures of health status (DALY) and World Health Organization (WHO) Preventive Services. 2.Research designs and issues in epidemiology Difference between descriptive and analytical epidemiology. The student will learn how to design and carry out: cohort studies, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies and intervention studies. Meta-analysis. 3.Planning for health improvement. Which are the methods of prevention, quality of life and steps in developing a health promotion programme. 4.Cancer epidemiology and prevention. Risk assessment of carcinogenic hazards: nutrition, tobacco, solar and ionizing radiation, occupational hazards. Screening definition, types of and criteria for screening. Levels of prevention: primary, secondary, tertiary prevention. 5.Cancer by tissue of origin. 6.Infectious disease epidemiology The student will learn about the epidemiologic characteristics of infectious diseases. Recognition of pathogens and vaccines. 7.Epidemiology and prevention of specific infections. Measles, polio, viral hepatitis, meningococcal infections, sexual transmitted diseases, respiratory infections, water-borne and parasite diseases. 8.Epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease. Which are the national and international trends in cardiovascular disease? incidence and risk factors. Prediction of CVD: Framingham risk estimation and the SCORE charts. Diet and lifestyle factors. 9.Accident and injury epidemiology. Traffic cradh injuries, air and naval accidents. 10.Tobacco. Nicotine, effects of smoking on the respiratory and cardiovascular system, Maternal smoking, sidestream smoking. Campaigns for controlling the tobacco epidemic. 11.Alcohol abuse. How we diagnose alcohol abuse in adolescents? Drinking and related health problems. Alcohol prevention. 12.Demography. Define demography. Death rates: infant mortality, child mortality, maternal mortality rates. Population growth. Morbidity and health: total and general fertility rates. Demography in Greece. 13.Family-planning programmes, contraception. The goals of family planning. Maternal and child mortality and morbidity. 14. Inequities in health. How social and economic status affect health. Health promotion for the whole population.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
Course Content (Syllabus)
1.Introduction to preventive medicine 2.Research designs and issues in epidemiology 3.Planning for health improvement 4.Cancer Epidemiology and prevention 5.Cancer by tissye of origin 6.Infectious disease epidemiology 7.Epidemiology and prevention of specific infections 8.Epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular disease 9.Accident and injury epidemiology 10.Tobacco 11.Alcohol abuse 12.Demography 13.Family planning programmes, contraception 14.Inequities in health
preventive & social medicine
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
A. Κοινωνική και Προληπτική Ιατρική Μ. Αρβανιτίδου-Βαγιωνά, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009 (Κωδικός στο «Εύδοξος» 17364, ISBN 978-960-12-1819-9) και Σημειώσεις των Μελών ΔΕΠ του Εργαστηρίου Υγιεινής. B. Προληπτική Ιατρική και Δημόσια Υγεία, Τριχόπουλος Δ., Καλαποθάκη Β., Πετρίδου Ε., Εκδόσεις Ζήτα, Αθήνα 2000 και Σημειώσεις των Μελών ΔΕΠ του Εργαστηρίου Υγιεινής
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