Compartmental modelling is a cornerstone of mathematical modelling of infectious diseases and this course will introduce some of the basic concepts in building compartmental models, including how to interpret and represent rates, durations and proportions. You'll learn to place the mathematics to one side and concentrate on gaining intuition into the behaviour of a simple epidemic, and be introduced to further basic concepts of infectious disease epidemiology, such as the basic reproduction number (R0) and its implications for infectious disease dynamics. To express the mathematical underpinnings of the basic drivers that you study, you'll use the simple SIR model, which, in turn, will help you examine different scenarios for reproduction numbers. Susceptibility to infection is the fuel for an infectious disease, so understanding the dynamics of susceptibility can offer important insights into epidemic dynamics, as well as priorities for control.
This course is part of the Infectious Disease Modelling Specialization
About this Course
What you will learn
Construct valid mathematical models capturing the natural history of a given infectious disease
Interpret compartmental models in terms of rates, proportions and delays
Describe the fundamental processes driving the dynamics of an SIR epidemic and show their relation to important concepts
Explain mechanisms by which susceptibility can change over time and develop a simple SIR model to account for these under given parameters
Skills you will gain
- Mathematical Model
- Infectious Diseases
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course
Modelling the Basics
Anatomy of an Epidemic
Combining Modelling and Insights
Dynamics of Susceptibles
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TOP REVIEWS FROM DEVELOPING THE SIR MODEL
I have learnt so much! Everything was very well explained .I am extremely grateful for everyone who put this course together.
Well structured, clearly presented course.
The online R platform is not very convenient compared to a desktop IDE.
The structure and flow in the notebooks were somewhat disordered; the questions were some ambiguous, perhaps a revision in sentences required? Would be more helpful if the questions are unambiguous.
Achievable targets, constant feedback, great balance between exercises, video, reading make this course truly rewarding and engaging. Thanks!
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