Course material


For the exercises every student is requested to bring his / her own laptop. If you do not have access to a laptop please contact us on beforehand so that we can try to find a solution.

During the course the book “Veterinary Epidemiologic Research” (Dohoo, Martin, Stryhn) will be used. Besides that several free-ware software packets will be demonstrated and used.

As the statistical analysis course is concerned, this course will give an overview of the basics of statistical concepts and hypothesis testing. The course starts with a short introduction about the different types of variables, sampling theory and the methodology of hypothesis testing. In the exercises, we focus on statistical analysis in practice using hands-on exercises on real-world datasets. The first step consists of visualization of the data, quality checking and descriptive statistics. Subsequently, we focus on statistical hypothesis testing with a strong emphasis on how to choose the right type of statistical analysis, depending on the research question, the type of the data at hand and the assumptions on the statistical tests. Students will get ample exercises to carry out this hypothesis testing, and interpret the results.The practical exercises are taught in the open source software package R. For students not familiar with this software, we offer an online introduction to R using instruction videos and short exercises. This online material will be made available through the online learning platform VICE.

As the quantitative risk assessment is concerned we will provide you (shortly before the start of the course) a link to @Risk free trial version to be installed at your computer before the start of the course.

All courses will be given in English.