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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
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
IF0362, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination EPIDEMIOLOGY AND RISK ANALYSIS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARCO MARTINI VET/05
Other lecturers MICHELE DRIGO VET/05

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

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
DRIGO MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
3  Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
DRIGO MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
2  Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
DRIGO MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione A.A. 2016/17 01/12/2016 30/11/2017 MARTINI MARCO (Presidente)
DRIGO MICHELE (Membro Effettivo)

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
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Pfeiffer D. U., Veterinary Epidemiology – An introduction. --: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Thrusfield M., Veterinary Epidemiology. Wiley, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vose D., Risk Analysis: a Quantitative Guide. --: Wiley, 2008. Cerca nel catalogo