Modern Techniques for Modelling Infectious Disease Dynamics

February 10-12, 2020
London, UK

Modern Techniques for Modelling Infectious Disease Dynamics


February 10-12, 2020
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Fee deadline is January 13, 2020. Apply online.

A short course taught by members of the Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases.

Mathematical models are increasingly used to understand the transmission of infectious diseases in populations and to evaluate the potential impact of control programmes in reducing morbidity and mortality. With this short course we aim to bridge the gap between theoretical training in infectious disease modelling, and the specialist technical skills needed for research in this area.

Participants will gain a working knowledge of using R to code dynamic transmission models. They will learn key principles for best practice in model coding including version control. They will learn how to code stochastic and deterministic epidemic models from scratch. They will also learn how to present model output by implementing sensitivity analysis and graphing data, and best practices for writing coherent code and using version control.

This course is aimed at people who have had some exposure to the theory and use of infectious disease modelling and who would like to start coding their own models using R. Individuals who know some R but do not have experience using R to code infectious disease models will benefit. The course is ideal for those who will be conducting research using infectious disease models in R or who want a deeper understanding of techniques for implementing models.