Wildlife Health and Diseases II - Epidemiology and Prevention of Wildlife Diseases

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Course Code: 
WHM 7103
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Concepts of Epidemiology: Definitions; goals, uses and types of epidemiological studies; Definition of health and disease;Disease process: factors needed to produce disease (aetiologic agent, reservoirs, ports of entry & exit, transmission media and susceptible hosts); Epidemiological patterns of transmission of diseases among wild animals, domestic animals and man;Disease epidemiological triangle: agents of disease, hosts factors (extrinsic and intrinsic) and environmental factors (landscape epidemiology, nidus of disease agent); spectrum of disease.Nature of host response to disease: paracaute, acute, sub-acute, chronic and carriers; herd immunity/population health. After completion of the course students should have learnt:

  • Different types of epidemiology studies.
  • Why and how disease outbreaks occur.
  • Different patterns of disease transmission.
  • Trends of disease outbreaks in relation to time and space.
  • How to report disease outbreaks in a user friendly manner to relevant stakeholders i.e. wildlife managers and policy makers
  • Investigate disease outbreaks and institute disease control measures.


Learning Outcomes: 

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Determine the describe the disease outbreaks in wild animals.
  • Report wildlife disease outbreaks to relevant stakeholderS.
  • Carry  wildlife disease outbreak investigation
  • Carry out  wildlife disease surveillance.
  • Apply epidemiological principles wildlife  disease control


Wildlife Health and Diseases II
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