Health / Bachelor's degree programme

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaHealth
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Programmato Limited access, see call for applications
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Midwifery is a profession of fundamental importance because its responsibilities include the privileged role of assisting women throughout all stages of pregnancy, during childbirth, and in the early postnatal period. Therefore, the degree program in Midwifery offers students a scientific profile designed for their professional needs, a practical profile of extremely high technical value, and a cultural profile which favors communication, ongoing training and the protection of the health of women and newborns.

Course content

The three-year degree program is organized into semesters. In the first semester of the first year students will study a wide range of basic disciplines. Starting with the second year and during the next two years, they will develop professional knowledge and skills in the areas of biological, clinical, and surgical sciences, human and psycho-pedagogic sciences, and health management sciences. The program will focus on women's health problems related to the biological-reproductive cycle and on the responses of health and social-assistance services to the principal needs of women, newborns, and couples. Additionally, students will learn the biological processes and basic mechanisms of organs and systems with specific reference to the physiology of human reproduction and embryonic development. The program will also address the fundamentals of physiopathology applied to clinical situations, diseases in pregnancy, diagnosis and treatments. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including lectures and mandatory clinical practice in internship placements. Clinical internship placements will focus on assistance during pregnancy, labor, childbirth, the early postnatal period, and on prenatal diagnostics and obstetric care. Students will be placed in gynecological and obstetric clinics in accredited national health institutions in various locations in the area of Modena and Reggio Emilia. An essential and qualifying part of professional training is the practical and clinical training performed under the supervision and guidance of professional tutors and internship advisors.

Career options

Midwives are health professionals who assist and counsel women during pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postnatal period. They preside over normal vaginal deliveries, and provide care for newborn infants. This preventive, curative, palliative and rehabilitative care is of a technical, interpersonal, and educational nature. Graduates in midwifery also play a vital role in providing health and sex education to families and communities, in the physical, preventive, and psychological preparation for childbirth, in preparing for and assisting in gynecological procedures, in preventing and detecting tumors of the female genitalia, and in maternal and neonatal care programs. They can also manage social assistance programs within their sphere of competence, while respecting professional codes of conduct, and work as members of a healthcare team. Midwives are trained to detect potentially threatening situations which require medical intervention and to administer appropriate emergency measures when required. They can practice in public or private healthcare facilities, either as employees or as self-employed practitioners. Graduates can also help to train support personnel and directly contribute to their own professional profile through ongoing self-directed learning and research.

After the degree

Graduates from the Midwifery Degree Programme can attend the second- cycle degree in Nursing Sciences and Obstetrics.

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Isabella Neri
dott.ssa Alba Ricchi

The course is managed by the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences