Veterinary Epidemiology: Quantitative Methods VETMED5020

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

To provide participants with knowledge and comprehension of epidemiological principles and quantitative methods of relevance to veterinary public health, such that they are able to apply these to the analysis of numerical and non-numerical information and apply the results of these analyses to inform decision-making in a given situation.

Timetable

This course consists of a taught block of one week, which includes lectures and tutorials. In addition, there is private study time for take-home assignments. Students will attend week 35.

Requirements of Entry

NONE

Excluded Courses

BIOL5211 Quantitative Methods in Food Security

Assessment

This course will be assessed on the basis 4 structured assignments given to the students during the taught course and completed by distance education.

Course Aims

To provide participants with knowledge and comprehension of epidemiological principles and quantitative methods of relevance to veterinary public health, such that they are able to apply these to the analysis of numerical and non-numerical information and apply the results of these analyses to inform decision-making in a given situation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

 

■ Select, apply and interpret appropriate measures of disease frequency and association.

 

■ Select and critically evaluate common probability distributions relevant to veterinary public health and risk assessment.

 

■ Select, apply and interpret simple statistical tests.

 

■ Critically discuss examples of the use of modelling in disease control.

 

■ Run and interpret simple mathematical models of disease spread.

 

■ Critically evaluate and apply the principles of HACCP.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.