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118.708 Current topics in epidemiological methods and data analysis (15 credit)

Course coordinator : Dr Art Subharat

This single semester course will provide an opportunity for students to study current topics in epidemiology in-depth. Students will focus on issues related to the design and management of observational studies and extend their skills in multivariable analysis. When this course is combined with 118.785 Principles of Veterinary Epidemiology and 118.706 Analysis and Interpretation of  Epidemiologic data participants will have the necessary skills to design, manage and report results for population studies to determine the magnitude and impact of a health problem or identify potential risk factors for a particular problem. 

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:

  • Develop a system to manage data collection during an epidemiological study.

  • Construct a sampling strategy for different epidemiological studies of clustered data.

  • Undertake a multivariable analysis of non-linear data and interpret the results correctly.

How the course works

Current contents is one of the postgraduate courses taught by the EpiCentre.

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.

Your Coordinator

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
  • 10 day workshop face to face or an online option for some sessions
  • Electronic library access

Learning community

  • Online discussion facilitated
  • Social forum


  • Three written assignments


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


See Massey’s fee calculator for this information.

contact WORKSHOP (contact course)

There will be a two-week 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.

Attendance is required in order to pass the course

dates and timings*

Enrolments open dates to be advised
Course start dates to be advised
Course end dates to be advised

*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.