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118.715 Epidemiologic Methods 1 (30 credits)

This course describes epidemiological methods used to investigate the magnitude of health problems, identify causal factors and evaluate interventions. Students will gain skills in study design, data analysis and critical evaluations. Examples and case studies will be drawn from a range of species including humans, production animals, companion animals, horses and plants.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Double Semester
  • Location: Manawatu Campus
  • Coordinator: Dr Naomi Cogger
  • Subject: Veterinary Science
  • College: College of Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Partially Taught Online - As part of the course is taught online, Broadband access is required. In addition to accessing the Course Guide, students will be required to access core and supplementary digital study resources, contribute to discussion fora and complete online activities and assessment tasks. Core study resources that can be published in print will be supplied to the students who request them. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

Note: You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Special notes

  • This course is run block mode - check block offering for course dates


  • Start Date: Monday 27 February, 2017
  • End date: Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 27 March, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Monday 11 September, 2017

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. Differentiate between the main types of epidemiological studies.
  2. Calculate and interpret measures of disease frequency and association.
  3. Identify major sources of bias including selection bias, measurement bias and confounding.
  4. Evaluate diagnostic tests and interpret their use in different populations.
  5. Investigate a disease outbreak.
  6. Select an appropriate study design for a research question.
  7. Critically evaluate an epidemiological study.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Report 15.0%
2 Report 25.0%
3 Test 10.0%
4 Individual Performance/Presentation 5.0%
5 Test 45.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.

Completion requirements

To successfully complete students must obtain a mark of greater than 50% for the assessments.


There are no set texts for this course.

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