Course code VET411

VET411 Introduction to veterinary epidemiology

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Course responsible: Eystein Skjerve
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Biosciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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The course is taught in separate modules over a total of 5 weeks, including the final study protocol.

Course frequency: Spring and Fall
First time: Study year 2012-2013
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 basic theoretical fundament of planning and analysis of epidemiological studies.


·         Write a full study protocol for own study

·         Ability to perform basic analysis of data from epidemiological studies

Learning activities:
The course is a mix of theoretical introductions (before lunch) and independent work on reading / assignments after lunch. Lecturers will be available for questions every afternoon. Most assignments are from the course textbook (Dohoo), where also suggested solutions are given. Throughout the course, each student will develop a full study protocol for his/her study, based upon a standard protocol made available at the course.
Veterinary Epidemiologic research (Dohoo et al.) 
A basic knowledge of statistical concepts and methods (as VET410) and a background in veterinary epidemiology form a veterinary study. A reading of a short introductory text as Veterinary Epidemiology. An introduction (Pfeiffer) is recommended for people without background in the field
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Mandatory activity:
Attendance is compulsory. An attendance record of at least 75% is required to pass the course.

Each course part will be evaluated either by assignments or a multiple choice test. To pass the whole course each student has to submit and present a final study protocol. All are evaluated as Pass/ Fail.

All assignments must be handed in the day before the last day of the course.

Nominal workload:
250 hours
Type of course:
Examination details: Introduction to veterinary epidemiology: Bestått / Ikke bestått