LFKM10357 Disease Control and Dynamics

Responsible DepartmentDepartment of Large Animal Sciences

Earliest Possible YearPost experience Master´s Programme
DurationOutside schedule
Credits5 (ECTS)
Level of CoursePost experience masters programme
ExaminationContinuous Assessment

written examination and oral examination

Portfolio Examination

All aids allowed

Description of Examination: Examination questions are uploaded on the e-learning homepage and answers must be returned electronically within 24 hours. You can use all resources at your disposal to answer the questions, but you must submit your own individual answers. Group answers are not accepted

Weight: The final examination counts 50% of the final mark. Activities prior to the final examination count 50% of the final mark

7-point scale, internal examiner
Requirement for Attending ExamParticipation in the whole course and successfully complete 75% of the course assignments prior to the final exam
Organisation of TeachingPart 1 is on Campus with lectures and exercises on basic and applied topics from 16 April - 20 April 2012. Part 2 is conducted as distance learning (internet) with e-tivities on theoretical and applied topics during 6 weeks from 23 April - 1 June 2012.
Block PlacementOutside schedule
Week Structure: Outside schedule
Language of InstructionEnglish
Optional PrerequisitesThe participant is required to have completed a basic education, e.g. DVM plus minimum two years of relevant professional experience
RestrictionsMinimum 10 and maximum 20 participants
Course Content
Part 1 gives an introduction to the basic principles and applications with focus on
- Introduction and review of disease control options
- Disease monitoring and surveillance systems - general and disease dependent concepts
- Basic epidemiology (measures of disease frequency, evaluation of diagnostic tests, sampling theory)
- Simulation models
- Theory of infectious diseases and epidemic dynamics
- Assumptions about disease process and control points and strategies
- Disease control and mathematical models (SIR)
- Exercises on developing Reed-Frost epidemic models
- Definition and requirements of GIS
- Modeling of airborne spread of disease (FMD)
- Exercises on epidemiology, disease modeling and GIS

Part 2 is conducted as distance learning during 6 weeks with focus on elements of Part 1 and with individual and group assignments. During these weeks the participants will work on different aspects of disease control and dynamics in relation to specific case studies
Teaching and learning Methods
Participants are provided with introductory literature to read before the course. During Part 1 of the course, lectures and exercises are given. Participants work individually and in groups on theoretical and practical exercises, with emphasis on understanding basic principles and practical applications. During Part 2, the e-learning period, participants will work individually and in groups on topics introduced in Part 1, and relevant teacher support will be provided throughout
Learning Outcome
At the end of the course, it is expected that the participant can do the following:

- define, identify and describe disease outbreaks in farms animals at the farm, regional, national and international level
- chose among methods for disease surveillance and disease modeling programs
- critically select among control strategies

- analyse surveillance data and identify relevant information as input in simulation models
- evaluate alternative control options based on simulation results

- collaborate scientifically and administratively with parties involved in disease control
- carry out disease control activities based on scientific modeling input
- take responsibility and make decisions as a veterinary practitioner or as an official veterinarian
Course Literature
Selected papers and course notes.
Course Coordinator
Jens Frederik Gramstrup Agger, jfa@life.ku.dk, Department of Large Animal Sciences/Populationsbiology, Phone: 353-33013
Course Fee
DKK 8000
Study Board
Study Committee V
Work Load
theoretical exercises15