• deplazio
    The Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Regional Health Service (DEP)
    is based in Rome and has over 30 years of experience
  • ambientale-valutativo

    The staff of the DEP has specific expertise in epidemiological methods
  • rischi ambientali
    Provide decision makers with the best epidemiological evidence
    to plan interventions to reduce health risks
  • esiti
    Outcome evaluation of health care
  • cure sanitarie
    Provide evidence to improve the quality
    and effectiveness of health care
  • inquinamento
    Assess the risks associated with
    short and long term exposure to air pollutants
  • cambiamenti climatici
    Assessing the health impact of climate change and extreme events

Registro Regionale Dialisi e Trapianti Lazio (RRDTL)

Air pollution

The DEP has always been engaged in the study of the effects on health of air pollution and pollution caused by traffic, through the use of time series studies and the development of new methodologies.

Climate and Health


As summarized by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate change (IPCC) “Warming of the climate system is unequivocal.

Municipal solid waste and health

The disposal of waste is an issue of environmental, social and economical interest for all developing countries. In Europe, an average of 3.5 tons of waste per year are generated,

Piano di prevenzione e sistema di allarme ondate di calore 2017

altConsulta il Sistema previsionale delle ondate di calore per la Regione Lazio.

Health effects of the exposure to arsenic in drinking water in the Lazio region


Arsenic (As) is an element widely distributed in air, soil, rocArsenic (As) is present in air, soil, rocks and water, with the highest concentrations found in groundwater.

Italian Heat health watch warning system (HHWW Systems)


Since 2004, DEP has been identified as the National Coordination Centre for the prevention of heat wave related health effects by the Italian Civil Protection. Currently DEP coordinates the National HHWWS and the Lazio regional HHWWS.

Noise exposure and health


Laboratory as well as epidemiological studies involving both workers exposed to noise in the workplace, and the general population living in the surroundings of airports, factories and roads with high traffic,

Cohorts of children for the study of childhood diseases in relation to environmental and genetic factors


During the last decades, many studies have shown a strong impact of the exposure to environmental factors (physical, chemical, biological, psycho-social, nutritional)

during the period of intrauterine growth and the early years of life, on the development of some childhood illnesses and even of adulthood diseases (obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension). Studies based on birth cohorts have the best design to study these issues.

The Department of Epidemiology is contributing to this kind of studies with 2 projects:

  • the GASPII (Genetics and Environment: Prospective Study on Childhood in Italy) research project (http://robbic.onmedic.es/), with the aim of studying the risk factors for childhood diseases and deepening the insight into the interaction between the genetic and the biological/environmental component on a cohort of infants born in Rome in 2003-2004.
  • the PICCOLIPIU' birth cohort (www.piccolipiu.it) enrolling newborns in 5 Italian cities (Turin, Trieste, Florence, Rome), with the aim of enrolling an Italian birth cohort to study the etiology of childhood disease and to use new tools for the dissemination of messages for the prevention of child health.

European networks have been set up (www.birthcohorts.net) with the purpose of reviewing and / or joining the existing cohorts to describe their objectives and their methods of study and, where possible, do incorporated statistical analysis


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Occupational cancer and national mesothelioma register


The regional laws DGR n. 438/ 18.07.2006 and DGR n. 177/ 27.03.2009 have established the C.O.R. (Regional Operative Centre) of the Lazio Region at the Department of Epidemiology of the Regional Health Service - ASL Rome E

Population Health status

Knowledge of the state of health of the population is essential for health care planning, for the definition of prevention programs and for evaluating the effectiveness and quality of health care interventions.

Evaluation of outcomes of health interventions

The measurement and benchmarking of outcomes of health care interventions are considered key strategies for promoting the quality and equity of health care.

Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group

cochrane newCochrane is an international network made up of professionals, health care administrators and users interested in preparing, updating and disseminating systematic revisions of primary studies on the effects of health care.



The availability of the archives of the regional pharmaceutical federation has, in the last few years, given impetus to the development of epidemiological studies that use the data of drug prescriptions.