Essentials of Infectious Disease Modelling and Economic Evaluation
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31 March - 1 April 2020
2 days (approximately 6.5 hours of lectures and seminars and 4 hours practical sessions).
Registration will start at 9am on the first day. The course will finish by 4pm on the final day and there will be an option to discuss models with tutors for an hour after.
This course covers the essentials of infectious disease modelling including economic evaluation. The course will provide attendees with the ability to start understanding modelling studies and working with modellers.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
- understand what infectious disease models are and when they can be used;
- be able to actively collaborate with modellers;
- run a simple infectious disease model using pre-written code and adapt the model;
- interpret basic reproduction numbers;
- understand the principles of vaccination and herd protection;
- critically appraise published infectious disease models;
- understand how to incorporate economic evaluation into infectious disease models.
Who the course is intended for
The course is intended for epidemiologists, public health specialists, policy makers and healthcare professionals who work in the area of infectious diseases (human and animal health).
Although the computer practical will be in the programming language R, no knowledge of R is assumed.
Topics to be covered include:
- what models are used for Mechanistic versus static models;
- examples of models;
- components of a simple Susceptible-Infected-Recovered model;
- the basic reproduction number;
- model parameters;
- designing a model;
- converting a model sketch into equations;
- simulating a model using the programming language R;
- criteria for disease control;
- principles of disease control through vaccination;
- using models for economic evaluation.
Please note: The course will be held in a computer lab, so you will not need to bring a laptop.
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