QVE-20306 Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical extensively supervised10
Practical intensively supervised8
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. EAM Graat
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. EAM Graat
prof. dr. ir. H Hogeveen
Examiner(s)prof. dr. ir. MCM de Jong
prof. dr. ir. AGJM Oude Lansink

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

QVE-30306 Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology


This course is not about symptoms, prevention, therapy and economic effects of specific diseases. The following aspects are dealt with and illustrated with some diseases:
- health and disease, how to diagnose, and which organisations involved;
- types of disease, pathogen transmission, available preventive measures;
- types and design of epidemiological studies, analysis and interpretation;
- basic economic principles and methods used in decision making regarding animal health problems;
- design of disease eradication and/or prevention programmes.

Learning outcomes:

After the course students are able to:
- describe several aspects of animal health and disease;
- give examples of eradication, control and prevention of animal diseases;
- design basic epidemiological studies;
- calculate epidemiological parameters and interpret the outcomes;
- understand basic economic methods for decision making regarding animal health problems;
- understand eradication and/or prevention based on epidemiological and economic criteria.


-class and take home assignments;
-independent study.


Written exam (in Dutch) with open and multiple choice questions, usually based on (parts of ) scientific papers in English.


Course guide, schedule and lecture notes (all in Dutch) are available on first lecture.

Compulsory for: BASAnimal SciencesBSc2MO
Compulsory for: WUANSBSc Minor Animal Sciences2MO
Restricted Optional for: WUBIDBSc Minor Biology of Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals2MO