Course code VET318

VET318 Epidemiology

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Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2016 .

Course responsible: Rolf Bjerke Larssen
ECTS credits: 1.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
Look at the semester plan
Course frequency: Yearly
First time: 2014H
Last time: 2016H
Course contents:

Basal epidemiological principles and methods.

Simulation of epidemics.

Case Assignment: Surveillance and control of a contagious infectious disease.

Learning outcome:

The block forms the basis so that the student after completing the course will master the following «Day one skills» by EAEVE: 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, 1.12, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.1, 3.5, 3.7, 3.8, 3.14, 3.18, 3.19, 3.20

After completing the course the student should:

  • Have knowledge and skills in the use of quantitative epidemiological methods to detect, monitor and combat infectious diseases in a population.
  • Understand how infectious animal diseases and zoonoses spread in populations and could simulate the path of an infectious disease in simple simulation models.
  • Recognize the importance of zero access of exotic diseases and to propose appropriate measures to prevent such diseases.
  • Be able to find information online about both diseases and the relevant epidemiological tool for assessing sample sizes, diagnostic test characteristics etc.
Learning activities:

Problem-based learning with the following pattern:

Day 1: Tasks related to basic epidemiology with a review the same day.Day 2: Infection Epidemiology. Simulation of progresses under various conditions.Day 3-5: Working with an assigned group task - one per five students. The supervisor is the whole time available when needed.Day 5: Presentation and discussion of the task. After lunch.
Syllabus:
Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Fronter. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Blocks earlier in the programme. Especially we recommend a repetition of material taught in statistics and epidemiology in the PopMed-block.
Mandatory activity:
Presence all week, active participation in the group work including presentation and discussion Friday and the following Monday.
Assessment:
Presentation of the group's task. Approval requires that the solution of the task and presentation gives a proper discussion of all relevant sub-questions and proposes and justifies appropriate measures for that particular case.
Note:

Requirements for personal equipment

Each group of 5 students should have access to a computer, preferably a laptop. All: Calculator with basic statistics function.

HMS

No specific procedures for this block

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