Academic year 2017/2018


Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Gianfranco Natale

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Degree Program will give the students a background in biology,
chemistry, physics and medical disciplines which will allow to
understand how environmental, occupational and social factors may affect
health. Students wil also complete courses in safety and health
standards, hazard recognition and control, occupational health,
industrial hygiene, risk control and accident prevention; they
will also learn the principles of health promotion and protection and
the main national and European rules and regulations related to public
health. Classroom and on the job training wil allow environmental and
occupational health technicians to become trained in inspection
procedures and environmental sample collection.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the programme will be able to demontrate to have acquired the basic knowledges needed to understand the health determinants and promote public health.
Graduates shall be able to conduct under the direction of sanitarians inspections and prepare reports in settings such as restaurants, hotels, swimming pools, and asssist with investigations of illness outbreaks and environmental conditions conducive to public health nuisances. they will also be able to conduct reviews of plans related to operation, construction design and facility corrections. The technicians wil also be able to properly collect samples of water, soil, waste, food and animal matter.
Graduates will also be able, under supervision, to review, evaluate and analyze work environments and procedures to control, eliminate and prevent injury caused by chemical, physical, biological agents or ergonomic factors; conduct inspections and enforce adherence to laws and regulations governing the health and safety of individual.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Environmental and Occupational Health Technicians will work for regional
or state public institutions, private companies and laboratories or as
a consultant.
They may find an occupation in the field of environmental, food and
animal safety or as an occupational health and safety inspector or
consultant aimed to help to prevent harm to workers, property, the
environment and the general public.
The specific responsabilities of Environmental and Occupational Health Technicians vary by sector, industrey, workplace and types of hazards.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in ENVIRONMENT AND WORKPLACE PREVENTION TECHNIQUES normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final exam, to which 6 ECTS are allocated, will consist in the
discussion of a written text and in a practical exam aimed at
demonstrating that the candidate has acquired the essential professional
skills and competencies related to the professi

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018