Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Population Medicine & Veterinary Public Health
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment .08 Hours   Oral Presentation  20%
Semester Assessment Data Analysis and interpretation report  1500 Words  40%
Semester Exam 1 Hours   Written exam  All VE modules to be in one week of exams (confirmed by TW, PVC)  40%
Supplementary Assessment .08 Hours   Oral Presentation  20%
Supplementary Assessment Data Analysis and interpretation report  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Exam 1 Hours   Written exam  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Understand the basic concepts of animal populations.

Discuss the different criteria that inform population-level decision making in disease control under examination conditions.

Apply significance tests and create graphical representations of data.

Interpret results of statistical and epidemiological analyses, including the validity of specific findings.

Brief description

Population Medicine & Veterinary Public Health Strand runs throughout your BVSc degree and continues the themes introduced in year 1 relating to disease control. Year 2 will focus on advancing your understanding of decision making at population level when several criteria have to be taken into account (animal health and productivity, economics, animal welfare, public health and the environment).


This module introduces the concepts of population-level decision-making, which will be expanded on in following years. A combination of lectures, practicals and small group teaching sessions will be used to reveal key concepts in veterinary population medicine. Specifically, the module will cover the role of veterinary practitioners in population-level disease control, an introduction to epidemiology, analysing and interpreting animal population-related data and the challenges of population-level decision making.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam. This aspect is not assessed.
The exams will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in the examination.
Small group learning will encourage students to communicate, assess and present information as a team. This aspect is not assessed.
Small group learning/Practical classes and report coursework will involve problem solving.
During the module, students will gain knowledge of veterinary and biological terminology assessed in exam and coursework.
Students will develop effective written communication skills in the examination and oral communication in the oral presentation, where these will be assessed. Feedback for this will be given.
Students will have contact with veterinary surgeons and biology researchers providing insight into these sectors. This aspect is not assessed.
Application of Number: Data analysis and interpretation of data will be taught and assessed in the coursework and exam.
Accessing the web for reliable information sources and using databases to find literature in preparation for the exam. This will be directly assessed in report with feedback provided.


This module is at CQFW Level 5