Course Aims

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the key concepts of infectious -disease transmission and control – and the differences with non-infectious diseases – taught by people who apply those concepts every day.
  • Learn ho w modelling informs policy-making, from case-studies presented by the individuals who a dvise public health professionals and governments, nationally and internationally.
  • Learn about developments at the cutting edge, taught by leaders of the field .
  • Read modelling papers to critically-evaluate and interpret their findings.
  • Understand how different control measures (e.g. vaccination, treatment, isolatio n, qu arantine, travel res tric tions ) will be effective – or ineffective – for different diseases.
  • Explore models of different types of infectious disease, including influenza, TB, SARS, HIV, and vector-borne diseases.
  • Design and use simple but powerful models, using Excel or Berkeley Madonna (licence included in the course fee).
  • Collaborate effectively with mathematical modellers.

The Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London has been the world leader in mathematical modelling of the epidemiology and control of infectious diseases of humans and animals in both industrialised and developing countries for 20 years. It hosts the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis & Modelling, UNAIDS Epidemiology reference Group, Partnership for Child Development and and the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative that, to date, has treated over 40 million children for Neglected Tropical Diseases. This multi-disciplinary department has publishes frequently in Nature, Science, Lancet, PNAS, AIDS and other leading journals. It has developed models of Iinfluenza A (H1N1), avian influenza, SARS, HIV, TB, foot-and-mouth-disease, vector-borne diseases including malaria and flariasis, helminth infections, childhood vaccine-preventable infections, sexually-transmitted infections, drug-resistant bacterial infections and others.

Comments from previous participants

  • I feel a lot more confident in reading modelling papers now.
  • This is a must if you are dealing with infectious diseases.
  • A comprehensive course with training delivered by experts.
  • Everyone has been so incredibly helpful and supportive.
  • Exceeded my expectat ions . Excellent.

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Equivalent professional qualification, Undergraduate degree