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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE
Course unit
EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RISK ANALYSIS
AVP5073697, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE (Ord. 2017)
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track BIOTECHNOLOGIES FOR FOOD SCIENCE [002LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RISK ANALYSIS
Website of the academic structure http://www.agrariamedicinaveterinaria.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch LEGNARO (PD)

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARCO MARTINI VET/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses VET/05 Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students attending this course should have a basic knowledge of principles of microbiology, with particular focus on main food-borne pathogens and of biostatistics (probability, distributions, descriptive statistics
Target skills and knowledge: Students should know the basic principles of epidemiology, the main features of the major food-borne zoonoses and the surveillance systems operating in the EU. Students should be able to conduct an epidemiological investigation.
Students should be able to interpret qualitative and quantitative risk assessment models applied to food-borne zoonoses and to develop basic risk assessment pathways.
Examination methods: Final written examination consisting of multiple choice questions, open questions and simple exercises
Assessment criteria: The knowledge of general features of major food-borne zoonoses and of their surveillance, the theory and practic application of basic principles of epidemiology and of risk analysis will be evaluated
Course unit contents: Introduction to epidemiology. Hosts-pathogens-environment interactions as determinants of infectious diseases. Measures of disease occurrence; epidemic curves, reproductive rate of infections. Diagnostic tests: sensitivity, specificity, predictive values. Sampling methods in surveillance. Surveillance and control of food-borne zoonoses in animal populations. Epidemiological study design: cross-sectional and longitudinal studies; measures of association (Relative Risk, Odds Ratio, Attributable Risk). Epidemiology of the main food-borne zoonoses.
Principles of risk analysis. Risk assessment, risk communication and risk management. Probability, definitions and rules. Probability models, variability and uncertainty. Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment models. Risk assessment applied to food safety.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes theoretical lectures, practical exercises, seminars, guided visits to research laboratories, presentation and discussion of risk assessment case studies applied to food safety
Additional notes about suggested reading: The teaching material used for the course and further readings will be available to students through the Moodle platform of the School at
https://elearning.unipd.it/scuolaamv/login/index.php
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pfeiffer D. U., Veterinary Epidemiology – An introduction. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Thrusfield M., Veterinary Epidemiology. http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/t: Wiley, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vose D., Risk Analysis: a Quantitative Guide. --: Wiley, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo