Modeling of Infectious Diseases
This two-week course is intended to provide students and professionals in science, medicine and public health a thorough introduction to mathematical modeling of infectious diseases.
A Master or BSc degree is required to apply. Basic knowledge of algebra (matrices), calculus (derivatives) and probabilities is recommended. Notes covering these topics at the level needed for the class can be downloaded : square matrices, derivatives.
Lectures alternate with modeling case studies from the scientific literature and computing exercises. Special attention is devoted to developing compartmental models within either a deterministic or a stochastic framework. The class also covers models of disease transmission networks based on homogeneous branching processes. More sophisticated models of transmission networks embedded within complex networks of social contacts are discussed as well. Uncertainty and sensitivity analyses of modeling output are explained and illustrated. The notion of the basic reproduction ratio R0 is introduced for models of various types. Methods to calculate R0 from epidemiological data and the impact of control measures on R0 is discussed.
The program of the course organized the previous year can be downloaded to get detailed information on the general frame of the course; some topics and practical works can change from year to year, however, the aims and the general means of the course are maintained.
The program of the course held in 2012 can be downloaded HERE