Epidemiology and Food Safety Risk Analysis - (5 days)

(formerly Animal Agriculture and Food Safety Risk Analysis and Disease Modeling)

Duration: 5 full days

Minimum of 6 people and maximum of 20

 Course overview

We have recently updated this ever-popular public course that has been successfully taught for over a decade. We have shortened its duration to five days to accommodate the busy schedule of participants, while maintaining its key features and reflecting the latest innovations in modeling methods and developments in the international risk analysis context. In addition, this training course is also unique by its case studies, which will guide participants through the main steps of the development of a risk assessment model.

  • Earlier versions of this course (formerly Animal Agriculture & Food Safety Risk Analysis & Disease Modeling) have been taught continuously for many years by EpiX Analytics (formerly Vose Consulting). It has also been used as the basis for private courses that EpiX has delivered in universities and research institutions around the globe; a short version of this course has been delivered by EpiX at the last three ISVEE conferences.
  • Hands-on course: focus on solving real-world risk analysis problems and use of a variety of case studies to illustrate applications, good practices or mistakes to avoid.
  • Expert instructors: participants learn from the extended teaching, consulting and research experience in risk analysis from EpiX Analytics.
  • Opportunity to discuss with members of EpiX fostering potential research collaborations.
Course content
Training material

Participants will receive a USB drive with all lecture notes and model files produced for the course. Participants will also have access to a web-drive where they will be able to retrieve course exercise files simultaneously as the instructor develops them during the class.

Course format

The course runs from 09:00 to 17:00 each day, but registrations on the first day begin at 8:30am. Morning and afternoon coffee and lunch are provided. A social event will be provided at the beginning of the course. The course will be delivered in English.

Who should attend

Animal health, human health, microbial, antimicrobial and toxicological food safety risk analysts and risk managers who have a basic knowledge of spreadsheets. The course is also suitable to statisticians, scientists, and information technology professionals providing input to risk assessments.

The course is designed to encourage the modeler to develop problem solving skills through a variety of exercises and case studies, and will be useful for analysts interested in an introduction to risk assessment, as well as for those with some risk modeling experience and wanting to further deepen these skills.

Prerequisites and required software

Participants will be primarily using @RISK® (version 7.0 or newer) with Excel® to solve the exercises, but participants can also choose to use alternative Monte Carlo simulation software.

It is important that participants have basic working knowledge of Excel. However, no prior experience with @RISK or other simulation tools is required. The R software environment for statistical computing and graphics (R®) and the WinBUGS® statistical software will also be used during some sessions.

In addition to @RISK® and Excel®, R®, and WinBUGS®, participants are required to bring computers with a pdf reader installed, and with a functional USB drive.

Participants very proficient in R® can work through the exercises using this software environment. The instructors will help them solve their problems, but the solutions to group problems will be shown in Excel® and @RISK®.

All participants are encouraged to prepare for the class by reviewing basic knowledge and computer commands in EXCEL, and also for R for those of you who will be using this tool instead.

Free ModelAssist

ModelAssist is a comprehensive risk analysis training reference and is free of cost. This reference tool provides an in-depth explanation of all of the risk analysis concepts, techniques and methods introduced in this course and greatly complements the course material. ModelAssist can be downloaded or accessed directly online from our website.

Teaching philosophy

All our courses aim to help the participants understand risk analysis and develop practical skills in setting up risk assessment models. We believe that this is best achieved through a relaxed, informal and interactive environment, using plenty of examples and hands-on exercises where students apply and adapt what they have learned. We have also updated our courses to include more case studies, allowing participants to see how the different risk assessment modeling techniques are applied as part of a risk analysis.

Social events

An added value of participating in our training courses is the opportunity to develop or extend the network of professional contacts when working with other course participants. This is an intensive course, and we'll need a break from time to time. We therefore arrange an optional fun, interactive social event at the beginning of the course, included in the course fee. This provides an excellent opportunity to relax, have some fun, establish some contacts, and sample some of the local culture.

Lodging and transportation

Course participants must arrange their own accommodation. However, we will be happy to provide information and alternatives for your travel arrangements. After you complete your registration form, please let us know that you will need our help.

Registration Discounts

* Early registration - 10% off registration (register and pay 30 days before course start date)
* Government/Academic - 5% off registration (Proof of eligibility requested after registration)
* Student - 25% off registration (Proof of eligibility requested after registration)
* Please contact us to obtain the discount code that you qualify for.
3 registrants - 17% off total registration
4 registrants - 25% off total registration
5+ registrants - please contact us for special discount rate

Please note that discount rates cannot be combined. Discounts exclude online courses via statistics.com and joint courses offered with other institutions.

Please contact us to inquire about courses not currently scheduled.

Registration details

Start Date To be confirmed
Individual Price $2,995.00


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