118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology (15 credit)

Lecturer: Naomi Cogger BSc (Hons), PhD

This single semester course will provide in-depth study of the following epidemiological methods: study type, measurement bias, confounding and selection bias. Throughout the course participants will be encouraged to apply their skills to make evidence based decisions either in a clinical or policy setting. When this course is combined with 118.786 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology participants will have the necessary skills to design population studies to determine the magnitude and impact of a health problem or identify potential risk factors for a particular problem. (Successful completion of 118.785 is required prior to enrolment in 118.786.)

For veterinarians from an unlisted institution this course can be used as part of the discretionary entry pathway into the MVM programme.

Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.

What will you learn?

On this course you will learn:

  • how to describe the magnitude of a health problem and determine the relative importance of risk factors
  • to interpret test results when used in different populations for the purposes of diagnosis and screening
  • to assess with increased confidence and comfort the overall quality of a research paper or report that is concerned with defining the magnitude of problem, evaluating the effect of treatment and causal inference.

How the course works

Principles of veterinary epidemiology is one of the MVM courses  for postgraduate veterinarians which is taught online via distance learning and led by a recognised international expert in the field.

The course is supported by the latest research and reviews  to challenge veterinarians with in-depth, relevant continuing education. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.

Highlights of the principles of veterinary epidemiology course include: Course notes developed by staff from Massey University’s EpiCentre, the opportunity to develop a firm foundation for critical evaluation of the veterinary literature.

With the MVM programme you have the flexibility to study when and where you want and the support of the MVM team to gain an internationally-recognised veterinary qualification that will help you in your practice every day.

Your lecturer

Dr Naomi Cogger received a PhD from the University of Sydney for a thesis entitled “Epidemiology of musculoskeletal injuries in two- and three-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses”. In 2003 she joined  Massey University’s EpiCentre, and OIE Collaborating Centre in Epidemiology, and is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology  and Risk Analysis. Naomi is a passionate teacher with experience teaching both face-to-face and online. Presently she is a director at the Working Dog Centre and has active collaboration with clinicians. She has also conducted work on projects funded by New Zealand’s Primary Industries, Zespri, and UK Food Standards Agency.

Course features

In-depth part-time study spread over a single semester - allow 10-15 hours per week

Learning materials and facilities

  • Study guide
  • 3 day workshop: face to face as well as streamed online
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Online discussion forums on critical appraisal
  • Lecturer facilitation of online discussions

Assessment

  • Online test
  • Two written assignments, one of which is a portfolio of course work items

Course requirements

  • Internet access
  • Textbook: there is no textbook required for this course

Cost for international students

The fees for each 15-credit course in 2017 are NZ$6360. Hover over the fee to view it in your currency. Note: fees are revised annually.

*Please note, all prices are approximate based on recent exchange rates and are quoted excluding Goods and Services Tax. Additional non-tuition fees also apply which vary from approx NZ$195-400.

DOMESTIC students:

Fees for domestic students are subsidised by the NZ government. See fees information for domestic students.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

There will be a 3 day on-campus workshop held at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand. This will build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions  and discussions of experiences in your own practice.

The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturer. Together you can build on the knowledge you’ve gained on the course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The new format also provides a great opportunity for you to meet students and staff from other courses within the MVM programme by combining with them for some sessions.

For the best contact workshop experience we recommend that you attend in person. While attendance is highly-recommended it is not compulsory in order to pass the course. If you can’t make it in person you will be able to join some (non-practical) sessions live via the internet (we endeavour to record  these sessions for review, but are unable to guarantee the quality of the recording).

dates and timings*

Enrolments open 1 October 2016
Course start 27 February 2017
Exam period 12 - 24 June 2017
Course end 24 June 2017

*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above. Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
If you have any questions please check with the MVM office to see if you can still enrol.

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