Course code VET411

VET411 Introduction to veterinary epidemiology

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Course responsible: Marit Stormoen
Teachers: Eystein Skjerve, Ingrid Toftaker, Camilla Kielland, Ane Christine Wammer Nødtvedt
ECTS credits: 7.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:


The course is taught in three separate throughout the semester. Details will be announced before application deadline. Course held in week 13, 14 og 17 in 2022.

The course will be held weeks 13, 16 and 17 in 2023.

Course frequency: Spring
First time: Study year 2018-2019
Preferential right:
PhD students and research line students at NMBU VET
Course contents:
The following topics are presented during the course:
  •  Using Stata
  • Causal concepts
  • Questionnaire design
  • Sampling
  • Measures of disease and associations
  • Cohort design
  • Case-control studies
  • Hybrid study design
  • Controlled studies
  • Diagnostic test properties and test evaluation
  • Validity in observational studies
  • Confounder bias: analytic control and matching
  • Linear and Logistic regression
Learning outcome:

Through the course the students are expected to reach the following platforms:


  • Know the theoretical basis of planning and analysis of epidemiological studies.


  • Be able to plan an epidemiological study
  • Be able to perform basic analysis of data from epidemiological studies
Learning activities:

The course consists of three separate weeks of compulsory training, and work with assignments between these weeks.

Course days are a mix of theoretical lectures (before lunch) and  work with reading and assignments (after lunch), often with a common review of assignments at the end of the day. Lecturers will be available for questions every afternoon. 

Teaching support:
Teachers are available all day when they teach. At the end of each day, the teacher will summarise the material and answer questions.
Veterinary Epidemiologic research (Dohoo et al.)  To be bought by the studentVeterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction (Pfeiffer) (available through the course)
A basic knowledge of statistical concepts and methods (such as VET410 and a background in veterinary epidemiology from veterinary studies are required. Students without this background are recommended to read a short introductory text such as Veterinary Epidemiology. An introduction (Pfeiffer) before the course starts. 
Recommended prerequisites:
Basic competence in biostatistics.
Mandatory activity:
Attendance is compulsory the three active weeks. An attendance of at least 75% is required to pass the course.
Each course part will be evaluated either by assignments or discussions.  Participants are evaluated as Pass/ Fail. All assignments must be handed in the day before the last day of the course.
Nominal workload:
225 hours
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

Preparing for the course: 30  hours

Lectures: 60 hours

Assignments, individual and groups: 95 hours  

Discussions with teachers about assignments: 40 hours

Deadline for registration: 1st of February
Assignments are discussed with all course teachers. There is no external examiner, but the course is based upon an international course given by Ian Dohoo over many years,
Examination details: Introduction to veterinary epidemiology: Passed / Not Passed