Short courses

Looking to advance your career, learn something new or update/refresh your skills in epidemiology and data analysis then consider a short course at the EpiCentre.

  Courses registration open :

    Note : Registrations close 7 days before the course commences.

Decision-making with animal health data  (2 to 6 September - 5 days)

What you will learn  
Students will learn how to utilise health, production and farm financial data to make decisions on the control of animal diseases and improvement of animal productivity. The focus will be on applying the principles of disease and production monitoring, information management and decision-making processes at farm level in a practical way.

Assumed knowledge 
Students will be expected to have a working knowledge on the use of spreadsheets (such as Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel), including knowledge about data types, and the use of functions and pivot tables. Students without this knowledge should contact the Instructors well in advance of the short course to arrange access to introductory courses to learn these skills.

Instructors 
Chris Compton.

Cost 

  • Massey University School of Veterinary Science staff and students with a supervisor in SoVS: FREE *
  • Other Massey University staff and students: $350
  • Regular $1,250 GST inclusive

Inclusions  
5 days tuition, course material.

Analysis of survival data (18 to 21 November - 4 days)

What you will learn  
Students will learn how to complete a survival analysis of data collected during an observational study or clinical trial and interpret the results taking into consideration the effects of error, bias, confounding and effect modification. Students will also learn how to communicate their findings effectively to others with the use of tables and graphs.

Assumed knowledge 
The course assumes that you have basic understanding of principles of veterinary epidemiology and are able to carry out exploratory data analysis in R. If you do not have these skills, please contact us so we can discuss options for gaining access to self-directed learning modules.

Instructors 
Assoc. Prof. Naomi Cogger and Dr. Chris Compton

Cost 

  • Massey University School of Veterinary Science staff and students with a supervisor in SoVS: FREE*
  • Other Massey University staff and students: $280
  • Regular $1,000 GST inclusive

Inclusions  
4 days tuition, course material

Survey sampling methods and applications (25 to 26 November - 2 days)

What you will learn  
Students will learn how to construct a sampling strategy for different epidemiological studies of clustered data. The course will introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of survey design and sampling schemes. Students will learn how to identify, describe and control sources of sampling and non-sampling errors and be able to determine appropriate sample size based on the given survey design.

Assumed knowledge 
The course assumes that you have basic understanding of principles of veterinary epidemiology and are able to carry out exploratory data analysis in R. If you do not have these skills, please contact us so we can discuss options for gaining access to self-directed learning modules.

Instructors 
Dr. Emilie Vallee

Cost 

  • Massey University School of Veterinary Science staff and students with a supervisor in SoVS: FREE*
  • Other Massey University staff and students: $140
  • Regular $500 GST inclusive

Inclusions  
2 days tuition, course material

Epidemiologic data management using MS Access (27 to 29 November - 3 days)

What you will learn  
Students will learn how to develop a MS Access database to manage data collection for their epidemiological study. The course will provide students with foundation of relational databases and appropriate database design. Students will learn how to use epidemiologic data from an existing Access database and create ones for their own study. Students will be familiar with usage of tables, queries, forms and reports functions in MS Access 2016.

Assumed knowledge 
The course assumes that you have basic understanding of principles of veterinary epidemiology. You are expected to have a working knowledge on the use of spreadsheets i.e. MS Excel, including knowledge about data types, and the use of functions and pivot tables. If you do not have these skills, please contact us so we can discuss options for gaining access to self-directed learning modules.

Instructors 
Dr. Art Subharat

Cost 

  • Massey University School of Veterinary Science staff and students with a supervisor in SoVS: FREE*
  • Other Massey University staff and students: $210
  • Regular $750 GST inclusive

Inclusions  
3 days tuition, course material

Upcoming courses :

  • TBA

* School of Veterinary Science post-graduate students and staff may enrol in EpiCentre short courses for free, but we require each registrant's PR or RM account number to secure their place.

EpiCentre teaching staff expect that SoVS students and staff who enrol for this short course will make a serious commitment to it, evidenced by fully participating in all the teaching sessions and activities. Absence by a registered student from any of the teaching sessions or non-participation in any of the activities without prior discussion and agreement with the course coordinator will result in a debit from the registrant's PR or RM account equal to the fees for a non-School of Veterinary Science Massey student.

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