Module Information

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

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Data Analysis and Interpretation Report  1500 Words  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Written Examination  60%
Supplementary Assessment Data Analysis and Interpretation Report  1500 Words  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written Examination  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Understand the importance and relevance of research methods to clinicians

Understand and apply the principles of sampling and hypothesis testing

Describe and summarise quantitative and qualitative data and apply appropriate statistical tests

Report the summary description of data and statistical analyses in a scientific report

Understand and apply the general elements of a decision process and risk analysis

Understand the role of the veterinarian in veterinary public health, especially in regards to zoonotic disease control and One Health.

Brief description

This is the first of two visits to PMVPH (the second to be conducted at RVC) and comprises three sections - Population Investigation Skills, which focuses on biostatistics, Population-level Decision Making, which looks at the range of criteria that must be considered (animal health and productivity, economics, animal welfare, public health and the environment) when making population-based decisions, and Veterinary Public Health.


(1) To provide students with the key knowledge, skills and competencies required for basic statistical analysis of data
(2) To introduce the concepts of population-level decision-making, which will be expanded on in following years
(3) To explore the role of the veterinarian in veterinary public health, especially in the context of zoonoses and One Health.


This module comprises three sections: The first on population investigation skills includes six lectures on data analysis, management and hypothesis testing as well as ten hours in directed learning to apply the methods covered in the classroom. The second includes seven lectures on decision making at population level and the factors that might effect interventions and actions. The third section includes eight lectures on veterinary public health, covering surveillance, zoonoses and One Health. There is a strong practical element to this module with extensive self-directed and group-based work, joint sessions with human nursing and external visits. . The skills and statistical methods developed in this module will be extensively applied in subsequent years.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Co-ordinating with others Group-based working to problem solve
Creative Problem Solving Small group learning/Practical classes and report coursework will involve problem solving.
Critical and analytical thinking Analyse and interpret data; decide on most appropriate option from real-world scenarios
Subject Specific Skills Students will gain knowledge of veterinary and biological terminology assessed in exam and coursework


This module is at CQFW Level 5