Course code VET411

VET411 Introduction to veterinary epidemiology

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Course responsible: Eystein Skjerve
Teachers: Ingrid Hunter Holmøy, Camilla Kielland, Ane Christine Wammer Nødtvedt
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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The course is taught in separate modules over a total of 5 weeks, including work with the final study protocol.

Course frequency: Spring
First time: Study year 2012-2013
Last time: 2018V
Preferential right:
PhD students at the NMBU Veterinary  Faculty.
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 write a full study protocol for an epidemiological study

·         Be able to perform basic analysis of data from epidemiological studies

Learning activities:
The course is a mix of theoretical lectures (before lunch) and independent work with reading and assignments (after lunch). Lecturers will be available for questions every afternoon. Most assignments are from the course textbook (Dohoo), where suggested solutions are also provided. Throughout the course, each student will develop a full study protocol for his/her study, based upon a standard protocol made available during the course.
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.)  Bought by the student

Veterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction (available through the course)

A basic knowledge of statistical concepts and methods (such as VET410) and a background in veterinary epidemiology from veterinary studies is 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, such as VET410 or a similar course.
Mandatory activity:
Attendance is compulsory. An attendance 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 must submit and present a final study protocol. Participants are evaluated as Pass/ Fail. 

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

Nominal workload:
300 hours
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Type of course:

Preparing for the course: 30  hours

Lectures: 60 hours

Assignments, individual and groups: 130 hours  

Work with study protocol:  40 hours 

Discussions with teachers about assignments and study protocol: 40 hours

Deadline for registration: week 9
The protocol is discussed with all course teachers. Ther is no external examiner, but the course is based upon an international course given by Ian Dohoo over many years,
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