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:
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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.
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.
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.

Requirements for personal equipment

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


No specific procedures for this block

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