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Infectious Disease Transmission Models for Public Health Decision Making


East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ayesha Khan

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)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required