Molecular epidemiology

A.Y. 2021/2022
5
Max ECTS
36
Overall hours
SSD
VET/05
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to supply the basis of epidemiology and then the notions on molecular epidemiology. Students need this knowledge to apply at its best the different molecular techniques. The course aims also to complete the knowledge acquired in previous years on diffusive diseases.
Expected learning outcomes
Capability to apply proper epidemiological methods in the evaluation of molecular and conventional diagnostic tests
Capability to apply proper epidemiological methods in the design of experimental and osservational studies
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
In case of impossibility to carry out the lectures in person, they will be carried out in synchronous on the MS Teams platform. Lectures and tutorials programs will not undergo any changes.
Course syllabus
Introduction to epidemiology
a.The concept of association
b. Epidemiological measures
c. Sampling
d. Evaluation of diagnostic tests
e. The measurement of association
f. Epidemiological studies
2. Molecular epidemiology
a. theory and practice for the taxonomy and classification of pathogens in the biomolecular field.
b. statistical models in molecular evolution.
c. construction and analysis of phylogenetic trees.
d. theory and practice for the design of experiments and for molecular epidemiological investigations in the field of diffusive pathologies and zoonoses.
Prerequisites for admission
None
Teaching methods
The teaching will be mainly frontal with the use of epidemiological software in the context of the practical part.
Simulations of disease outbreaks or food poisoning will be used to develop organizational skills in the epidemiological field.
Teaching Resources
Epidemiologia. Teoria ed esempi di medicina veterinaria di Ezio Bottarelli, Fabio Ostanello Edagricole 2011
Veterinary Epidemiology di Michael Thrusfield, Blackwell 2018
Molecular tools and Infectious Diseases Epidemiology di Betsy Foxman Academic Press 2012
Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases di Lee Riley ASM press 2004
Assessment methods and Criteria
Capability to apply proper epidemiological methods in the evaluation of molecular and conventional diagnostic tests Capability to apply proper epidemiological methods in the design of experimental and osservational studies
VET/05 - INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS - University credits: 5
Practicals: 12 hours
Lessons: 24 hours
Professor: Zecconi Alfonso
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