Course code VET303

VET303 Population Medicine

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2016 - 2017 .

Course responsible: Rolf Bjerke Larssen, Ingrid Olsaker
Teachers: Eystein Skjerve
ECTS credits: 9
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:

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Student evaluation: The person responsible of the block convenes a meeting about 3,5 weeks after the exam.

Course frequency: Yearly, every spring
First time: Study year 2015-2016
Course contents:


  • Probability Distributions and clinical reference values
  • Estimation and confidence intervals
  • Hypothesis testing for mean values ¿¿and the dependence of symbols
  • Correlation and regression


  • Objectives of the health status of groups and populations
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Objectives of the importance of a causal factor for health in populations
  • Systematic errors

Animal breeding

  • Generic animal breeding
  • Special animal breeding for cattle, swine, fish, dog and horses
Learning outcome:

The block forms the basis so that the student after completing the course will master the following «Day one skills» by EAEVE: 1.10, 2.2, 2.3

After completion of the courses, the students should:

  • Have an understanding of health and production at the population level, including knowing how scientific methodology is used to obtain information about a population, and knowing how one with breeding-related measures can improve properties that are related to health, reproduction and production in our domestic animal populations.
  • Be able to use basic statistical methods for data collection; data description.
  • Have an understanding of how systematic errors, random errors and incorrect presentation may provide misleading information about the condition of the population.
  • Be able to use basic epidemiological methods to measure and assess disease incidence, measure and evaluate the association between factor and disease, and to interpret the results of diagnostic tests.
  • Understand and be able to explain the reasons for, and importance of, genetic variation at the population level.
  • Understand and be able to explain how the breeding-related measures, i.e. by selection and crossover, can affect favorably the health and other characteristics that are related to the production and reproduction of our domestic animals.
  • Know the breeding objectives and how the practical breeding work is organized in Norway today for animal species like cattle, swine, salmon, dog and horse, as well as provide examples of genetic progresses achieved among all these species.
  • Have learned to collaborate through colloquiums and group work, and be able to present the academic material both in writing and oral.
Learning activities:

The teaching extends over six weeks.

Specimens of each teaching day (except special animal breeding) are:

Introduction to the material through lectures.Adaption/understanding of the material through individual reading + exercise solving.Discussions in study groups of topics/questions that are experienced as difficult/unclear. The teacher will be present during the study groups.
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Fronter. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Several of the topics in statistics are familiar from high school. A repetition of this material will be very useful as a basis for teaching.

5 hour written final exam (POPMED08)

Population medicine consist of two separate partial exams that both must be passed in order to pass the course. These are liquidated on the same day with a 5 hour exam. Students must have at least 50% correct answers on each section to get a pass in the course. The two parts are assessed independently. The student may appeal the grading of each part separately. If a student fails one of the two parts three times, the student will lose their place in the programme.   

Examination support material: Private calculator and distributed formulas.

Grading scale: Pass/Fail

Students who fail in one or both of these parts will re-sit the two parts of the exam on the same day before the start of studies in August. The length of the exam in such cases will be as specified below.

Partial examination: Statistics of Epidemiology 

If the student just takes partial examinations of population medicine: 4 hours.

Partial examination: Breeding Priciples

If the student just takes partial examinations of population medicine: 2 hours.

Reduction of credits:

POPMED08-100- Statistics

POPMED08-200- Epidemiology



Requirements for own equipment

Calculator with basic statistical functions.

Allowed examination aids: Alle kalkulatorer. Ingen andre hjelpem.
No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: Two Written Exams: Bestått / Ikke bestått