PTHB 511 Veterinary Epidemiology

(1 cr.) (Didactic) This course is designed to provide students with the epidemiological principles that can be applied to clinical veterinary medicine and is a core course introducing important concepts for the Veterinary Public Health course that it precedes. Students will gain knowledge on the use of epidemiological principles in evaluating clinical studies and the importance of evidence-based medicine in evaluating the efficacy of therapeutic and preventive measures.

The course is also concerned in equipping students with the tools that apply to the evaluation of biological disasters of animal origin that impact human health and understanding the important role of the veterinary surgeon in responding to such disasters. Epidemiology is a cornerstone of public health and the practice of preventive medicine in populations, and requires the student to have a solid foundation in the basic science courses.