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Practical Applications of Epidemiology (VET642)

Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Credit Points 3
Description This unit will provide students with the skills required to evaluate the financial impact of disease and to choose and conduct the most appropriate method for evaluating the economic impact of disease in field situations. It will use practical examples to impart knowledge required for undertaking risk analysis and economic evaluation of disease surveillance and monitoring.
Students will develop the skills to undertake a risk assessment of a disease situation.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1.Explain and justify a scientifically sound monitoring and surveillance system
2. Manage the challenges and the complexity of the issues faced in disease control, prevention or eradication programmes
3. Undertake an economic analysis of a program
4. Undertake a risk assessment.
Timetabled Learning Activities On-line contact, including discussions and workshops. Internal students are expected to attend a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to develop knowledge of the principles of epidemiology through problem based learning and case based learning.
Students will be provided electronic copies of core course material and readings and will be expected to complete problems and interpret findings relating to this material.
Assessment Assessment is based on contribution to the on-line discussion and solving set problems 1250 words (20%); two assignments (student selected disease/condition) 1500 words each (20% each); a final quantitative risk analysis problem (Assessment 3) 1500 words, (40%).

Involvement in weekly on-line discussion forums with the class and unit coordinator will be expected. Internal students will be required to attend tutorials.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance), Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine), Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science, Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies or permission of the Academic Chair. Completion of, or concurrent enrolment in, VET641 Principles of Epidemiology.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetClinStud)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance) (MVS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Mieghan Bruce
Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2459
e: Mieghan.Bruce@murdoch.edu.au
o: 260.2.015 - Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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