Course code VET411

VET411 Introduction to veterinary epidemiology

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Course responsible: Ane Christine Wammer Nødtvedt
Teachers: Marit Stormoen, Ingrid Toftaker, Ingrid Hunter Holmøy, Camilla Kielland
ECTS credits: 7.5
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
20
Teaching exam periods:

SPRING SEMESTER

The course is taught in three separate throughout the semester. Details will be announced before application deadline.

Course frequency: Spring
First time: 2018H
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:

Knowledge

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

Skills

  • 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 independent work with reading and assignments (after lunch). 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.
Syllabus:
Veterinary Epidemiologic research (Dohoo et al.)  To be bought by the studentVeterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction (Pfeiffer) (available through the course)
Prerequisites:
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.
Assessment:
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:
No
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

Note:
Deadline for registration: week 50 (fall)
Examiner:
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 / Failed