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Infectious Disease Transmission Models for Public Health Decision Making

Summer Institute
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 24, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 28, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 8:00am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
As the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, increasingly infectious disease transmission models are being used to inform public health decision making. Do you want to learn how to make and use transmission models? Do you want to learn how to interpret and communicate models?
Develops, implements, and interprets mathematical and statistical transmission models through lectures and hands on practice in order to answer public health questions. Encourages the critical evaluation of models and assumptions as well as how to communicate model results and uncertainty.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the history of infectious disease transmission models and the impact on public health decision making
  2. Develop models including compartmental and statistical models with a particular focus on model structure and assumptions
  3. Practically investigate and develop models using structured coding exercises
  4. Interpret model results
  5. Quantify and communicate model uncertainty
  6. Communicate modeling results
  7. Read and critically evaluate modeling results from the published literature
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 30% Assignments
  • 30% Project(s)
  • 20% Paper(s)