Health Communication is an emerging field in
which professional communicators inform, influence and motivate individual, institutional and
public audiences about important health issues. This course examines the importance of how
health information affects individuals, community groups, institutions and public policy. We
will be focusing on the study of language and discourse about health between health care
providers and patients, among health care professionals, and among members of the larger
society and the media. We will discuss the influence of social, cultural and linguistic barriers on
health communication, and the consequences of linguistic choices made by communicators on
individual beliefs and behaviours relating to health. The field includes the study of strategic
communication of evidence-based health information to professional and non- professional
audiences. It also reviews strategies of persuasion, the relationship between attitudes and
behaviour and the changing nature of health and health delivery, and evaluates successful and
unsuccessful health information campaings.
The human genome sequence forms the cornerstone of contemporary human genetics. This
course will cover hereditary and molecular genetics as it applies to humans, with a strong
genomics and human disease perspective. It will cover transmission genetics, the Human
Genome Project, Identification of human disease genes, modern technologies for genome
analysis, personal genomics and cancer genomics. We will also discuss current topics such as
MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BASES OF THE DISEASE
The advances in Cellular and Molecular Biology has enriched our understanding of
physiological mechanisms as well as the bases of pathophysiology processes, which has
allowed to improve diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches. The steps forwards in these
fields have also generated a high degree of confusion regarding terminology and concepts. In
this course we will present to the students 15 clinical cases that will permit them to investigate
both individually and collaboratively through electronic databases many new concepts.
Collected information will be shared and used to interpret proposed question on cellular and
molecular mechanisms of the diseases involved in order to reach under the teacher
supervision a final overview of the whole situation. In addition, three practical problems that will developed in six sessions will help the students to get in contact with the real activity in
the clinical laboratory.
Bioethics is the application of ethics to the field of medicine and healthcare. Bioethics is a
multidisciplinary discipline, which blends philosophy, theology, history, and law with
medicine, nursing, health policy, and medical humanities. It is a relatively recent discipline,
at least as it is currently known.
In this course, we will discuss topics such as What is bioethics?, Ethical Approaches, The
beginning of life, Bodies and bodily parts, Information problems, The end of life, Global
health-care issues, Research ethics, Health systems and institutions and Teaching and
practice of bioethics.