VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (8)

The subject provides an introduction to quantitative veterinary epidemiology to describe, investigate and manage animal disease.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define and appropriately use the basic concepts and terminology applicable to epidemiology;
  • be able to determine and apply different methods to measure disease frequency, dynamics and associations;
  • be able to define, select and explore a range of appropriate sampling methods and conduct calculations of sample size;
  • be able to interpret and make appropriate inference from epidemiological and statistical outcomes;
  • be able to explore and understand the importance of the hierarchy of evidence, and define and be able to critically appraise each level of evidence;
  • be able to calculate, interpret and compare measures of diagnostic test accuracy;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of and be able to apply the steps of an outbreak investigation;
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of and be able to appropriately apply principles of study design; and
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of and be able to appropriately apply statistical theory and methods.


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. Introduction to Quantitative Epidemiology
2. Measuring a disease
3. Sample size and variation
4. Diagnostic test characteristics
5. The use of diagnostic test in populations
6. Association
7. Design of epidemiological studies to investigate risk factors
8. Outbreak investigation
9. Clinical trials design


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.