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Intermediate Level

Approx. 21 hours to complete

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What you will learn

  • Distinguish between stochastic and deterministic models, explain when either are appropriate, and perform simple simulations of a stochastic model

  • Identify where it is important to incorporate population structure in a model and design and simulate a transmission model capturing such structure 

  • Evaluate the assumptions behind the Ross MacDonald model, and code such a model using R to simulate the dynamics of a vector-borne disease 

  • Critically evaluate a modelling study and communicate its strengths and weaknesses to a scientifically literate audience 

Skills you will gain

Mathematical ModelR ProgrammingInfectious Diseases

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 21 hours to complete

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This course is part of the 100% online Global Master of Public Health from Imperial College London. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

7 hours to complete

Building on the SIR Model: Stochasticity

7 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 14 min), 8 readings
5 videos
An Insider's View of IDM4m
Stochastic and Deterministic Models2m
Simulating Stochasticity2m
Populations with Pre-Existing Immunity2m
8 readings
Welcome to Infectious Disease Modelling10m
About the Infectious Disease Modelling Team10m
Glossary10m
Modelling Infectious Disease Dynamics35m
Building on the SIR Model3m
The Story of MERS Coronavirus10m
Calculating Incidence in a Deterministic Model45m
The Resurgence of Measles15m
Week
2

Week 2

6 hours to complete

Building on the SIR model: Heterogeneity

6 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 7 min), 2 readings
2 videos
Modelling Age-Specific Mixing4m
2 readings
The story of Seasonal Influenza15m
Modelling Influenza Vaccination Policy in the UK40m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Building on the SIR model: Vector-borne Diseases

5 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading
6 videos
Ross MacDonald/Force of Infection - Part 24m
Vectorial Capacity - Part 11m
Vectorial Capacity - Part 2: Impact of Interventions5m
A Closer Look at Interventions Against VBDs6m
Vector-borne Diseases: Interventions and R02m
1 reading
The Story of Dengue20m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Assignment: Modelling Study Critique

3 hours to complete

About the Infectious Disease Modelling Specialization

Mathematical modelling is increasingly being used to support public health decision-making in the control of infectious diseases. This specialisation aims to introduce some fundamental concepts of mathematical modelling with all modelling conducted in the programming language R - a widely used application today. The specialisation will suit you if you have a basic working knowledge of R, but would also like to learn the necessary basic coding skills to write simple mathematical models in this language. While no advanced mathematical skills are required, you should be familiar with ordinary differential equations, and how to interpret them. You'll receive clear instruction in the basic theory of infectious disease modelling alongside practical, hands-on experience of coding models in the programming language R....
Infectious Disease Modelling

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