VEM 5503 Veterinary Epidemiology

Schedule Handouts Epi Tools VME 6771 Research Methods in Epidemiology

In recent years, epidemiologic studies are receiving more attention in the public media, as a result of international public health alerts, food borne disease outbreaks, increased international trade of animals and animal products, and use of new vaccines to reduce disease burden in populations. In clinical practice, the process of diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy selection is based on population data. In addition, because results from epidemiologic studies are often used to shape health policy, it is important to know the methods and approaches used in epidemiology.

Course description

This course is an introduction to epidemiology, a discipline that studies diseases in populations and provides a framework for disease prevention and health policy. This course is structured in three parts. Part I is a review of epidemiologic principles and methods used to measure and characterize diseases in populations. Part II consists of lectures on different epidemiologic studies (study designs and examples) used to identify causes of disease in populations. Part III includes series of presentations on practical applications of epidemiology in government and private settings.

At the end of this course, the student should be able identify, describe, compare, and interpret published epidemiologic studies (experimental and observational) and judge their relevance to clinical practice or health policy. In addition, the student will be more aware of career opportunities for veterinarians in the field of epidemiology and animal health or public health.

Recommended reading

  • Gordis L. Epidemiology. 4th Edition. WB Saunders Company (2008).
  • Dohoo I, Martin W, Stryhn H. Veterinary Epidemiologic Research. AVC Inc. Charlottetown. Prince Edward Island. Canada (2003).
  • Martin SW, Meek AH, Willeberg P. Veterinary Epidemiology: principles and methods. Iowa State University Press / Ames (1987).

UF Instructors

Invited Speakers

Carina Blackmore, Florida Public Health Veterinarian
Tom Holt, Florida State Veterinarian
Brian McCluskey, Chief Epidemiologist, US Department of Agriculture


Course grading will be based on a Midterm Quiz (50%) and a Final Exam (50%). The Quiz will include course material covered during Parts I and II. The Final Exam will include course material covered during Parts I, II, and III. Both the Midterm Quiz and Final Exam will be held at the Testing Center, Rm CG-28.

90-100% = A
85-89.9% = B+
80-84.9% = B
75-79.9% = C+
70-74.9% = C
65-69.9% = D+
60-64.9% = D
Below 60% = E