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This single-semester course provides students with the basic skills necessary to undertake the analysis of epidemiologic data that is clustered in space and time. Throughout the course students will work with data collected via epidemiologic studies or as part of surveillance and will learn how to visualise spatial and temporal patterns, describe and quantify those spatial and temporal patterns and explain the observed patterns.
Please note: Courses are revised following each offering. Details of content and assessment are subject to change between offerings.
Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:
Generate maps depicting spatial patterns in health data and conduct appropriate statistical analysis to explore or describe the spatial clustering.
Generate graphs to describe temporal patterns and conduct appropriate statistical analysis to explore or describe the temporal clustering.
Generate hypotheses regarding disease risk given the observed spatial and/or temporal patterns.
Effectively communicate their findings to researchers, veterinarians and policy makers.
This is a new course that aims to provide practical skills that can be applied by professionals that work with data that has a spatial or temporal component. Course materials include a printed guide to your reading and assessment which integrates online learning activities such as discussions, quizzes, lessons, library searches, critical evaluation and exercises for self-assessment with reading materials and personal study tasks.
Chris Compton is a veterinary epidemiologist with a broad background in clinical practice and research. He invested his early career into clinical practice in New Zealand, mainly with production animals and increasingly with dairy cattle. He worked as a research project manager with “Cognosco” in veterinary practice in the Waikato, and graduated with a Masters of Veterinary Studies (Epidemiology) in 2006 having gained additional skills needed for that role. He joined the EpiCentre in 2017 and graduated with a PhD on “The epidemiology of culling and mortality of New Zealand dairy cows” in 2018.
Chris’s research interests are primarily those from his work and academic career: mastitis, reproduction, nutrition and metabolic disorders in dairy cattle. The main themes of his research experience have involved studies in commercial herds on mastitis in dairy heifers, anovulatory anoestrous and oestrous synchronisation programmes, hyperketonaemia or subclinical ketosis, and most recently, the extent and causes of culling and mortality. In these studies he used a range of analytic methods, including those suitable for hierarchical, survival and spatial data types. Chris is focused on providing strategies for farmers that will enhance the health, productivity and welfare of their animals.
In-depth part-time study spread over a double-semester - allow 10-15 hours per week
Learning materials and facilities
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A compulsory contact course will be held at the Manawatu Campus between Monday 24 June, 2019 and Friday 5 July, 2019. The main aim of the contact course is to provide the core knowledge and skills that you will require for this course through small group teaching, practical sessions and discussions of experiences in your own practice. The contact workshop is an opportunity for face-to-face time with your class and lecturers and to build relationships for your future professional life.
|Enrolments open||1 Jan, 2019|
|Course start||24 Jun, 2019|
|Course end||13 Nov, 2019|
*Please note: You can still apply for enrolment after the due dates above. Places cannot be assured after these due dates; but late applications will be considered as long as remaining places are available.
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Last updated on Monday 15 April 2019