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Pre and Post-Conference Short Courses

We are pleased to offer the following short courses before and after the CAVEPM conference:

Applied Geographic Epidemiology (with R/RStudio)  

May 29-30, 2023

9:00am to 4:30pm

Cost: $200 (plus 13% HST)

Introduction to Qualitative Health Research

June 2, 2023

8:30am to 4:30pm

Cost: $100 (plus 13% HST)

Cost and registration details are posted on the Registration page of the conference website.

Both short courses will be at OVC in Pathobiology 1812 (see campus map here).

Pre-conference workshop: Applied Geographic Epidemiology

Geographic epidemiology should be considered a core competency for one health practitioners. Basic concepts and methods of geographic epidemiology will be introduced, and examples will be discussed to further our critical thinking. Practical examples illustrate software applications these range across the spectrum from descriptive map making and cluster detection to regression modeling. The 2-day workshop Applied Geographic Epidemiology is targeted at graduate students and faculty in the areas of veterinary epidemiology and one health. All data analysis is demonstrated using R and RStudio. Participants will be provided with the example data and R-code. Bring your laptop with R and RStudio installed to follow along or just lean back and enjoy – in any case we hope to make this an inspiring experience for all.

Instructors: Dr. Olaf Berke and Dr. Zvonimir Poljak 

Day 1 (Exploratory and descriptive methods)

  1. Introduction: What is GeoEpi?
  2. Disease Mapping
  3. Disease Cluster detection
  4. Issues with the spatial nature of data

Day 2 (Analytical methods)

  1. Disease Clustering
  2. Spatial regression modeling of regional data I (frequentist)
  3. Spatial regression modeling of regional data II (Bayes)
  4. Further notes, review and discussion

Post-conference workshop: Introduction to Qualitative Health Research

Instructors: Dr. Basem Gohar  and Dr. Marianne Saragosa

This workshop will offer introductory knowledge in qualitative health research. Participants will learn about different qualitative methodologies applied in health research with ethical considerations. Furthermore, they will learn and practice interviewing and focus group facilitation. Finally, they will be introduced to data analysis, including coding, and generating themes. 

NOTE: This workshop is meant for individuals without prior knowledge of qualitative research. Moreover, this workshop is not meant to replace formal courses in qualitative research, as the primary objective is to demonstrate the importance of qualitative research in human and animal health.