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About us

About us

Welcome to our Department!

The Department of Health Sciences (DiSS) is located in Novara and is one of the seven Departments of the Università del Piemonte Orientale, founded in 1998.
It was set up in 2012 as a natural progression of the activity carried out previously at the Department of Medical Sciences, the first medical sector  introduced by the University.

DiSS and DiMET propose, in partnership with the School of Medicine, 3-year bachelor’s degrees in Biotechnology, Physiotherapy, Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Biomedical Laboratory Technologies, Medical Radiology Technologies for Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy, the Single-Cycle Master’s degree in Medicine and Surgery and the Master’s degrees in Nursing and Obstetrics, as well as the English language Master’s Degree in Medical Biotechnology.

Both departments participate in the organisation of the research PhD programme in Medical Science and Biotechnology

The range of courses available is complemented by the Schools of Specialisation as well as various Advanced Professional Training certificates (post-grad levels).

The DiSS carries out intense research activity, ranging from foundational studies to the study of pathogenetic mechanisms in disease and the development of biomaterials and diagnostic and therapeutic innovative technologies
See the University Strategic Plan for the 3-year period 2016-2018.

The Department Manager

Prof. Lia Rimondini

Key features

At DiSS you can be be the protagonist in your own education, with the guidance of teachers and assistance of technical-administrative staff.

You will find a fully comprehensive range of courses: from 3-year Bachelor degrees to research doctorates, as well as numerous Schools of Specialisation, Advanced Training courses and updating/refresher programmes.

In our courses, the student/teacher ratio is excellent. Moreover, for degree programmes in the healthcare field, students are always supervised by tutors in their practical activity.

The excellence and multidisciplinary nature of research is a recognised characteristic of DiSS: it ranges from foundational studies to applied research, officially certified also in terms of the numerous projects funded by leading national and international institutions.


The DiSS guarantees excellence in the form of teachers and researchers from the following research fields:

  • Pathogenetic mechanisms of complex and genetic diseases
  • Applied Clinical research
  • Innovative therapies
  • Biomaterials for regenerative medicine
  • Innovative strategies in the diagnostic-therapeutic field
  • Particle physics

The Department also acts as a connection between the various structures of the University that are dedicated to clinical, diagnostic, chemical-pharmaceutical and biological/environmental research.
A key player in the development of research activity is the Centre of Excellence for Autoimmune Diseases which, in partnership with the new Città della Salute of Novara, is set to become a national and international point of reference.


  • 2,807 students enrolled on degree courses in the School of Medicine (2014-2015) 
  • 1,016 fresher students in the School of Medicine (2014-2015)
  • 8 Bachelor (3-year) degree courses in the School of Medicine
  • 2 Master’s degrees in the School of Medicine
  • 1 Single-cycle Master’s degree in the School of Medicine della
  • 1 research PhD in partnership with DiMET
  • 47 teachers and researchers 
  • 3 spin-offs
  • 2,600 subscriptions to e-journals