Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Medicine
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 1500.00
The course focusses on concepts and methods of mathematical modelling of infectious diseases. Starting from basic assumptions on transmission of infection models will be formulated and key quantities will be derived. Mathematical tools to formulate and analyse compartmental infectious disease models will be introduced and applications to specific infectious diseases and intervention strategies will be discussed. Students will develop their own models using specialized software.
In recent years mathematical modeling has become a valuable tool in the analysis of infectious disease dynamics and to support the development of control strategies. This course will give a thorough introduction to the conceptual ideas and mathematical tools needed for infectious disease modeling.

The focus will be on the dynamics of infectious diseases, the analysis of transmission patterns in various populations and methods to assess the effectiveness of control strategies. These methods will be illustrated with examples of specific infections such as HIV, childhood infections, influenza, and vector borne diseases. The principles of modeling will be addressed in the first week of the course and expanded to more in-depth level in the advanced second week of the course.

The aim is to provide the participants with the knowledge to evaluate and judge infectious disease epidemiology research and data analysis using mathematical modeling techniques. Topics are among others: basic reproduction ratio, deterministic and stochastic models, population heterogeneity, statistical inference, population biology and vaccination. Participants will learn to design and analyze mathematical models using specialized software.
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Course director

Mirjam Kretzschmar


Egil Fischer, Martin Bootsma, Michiel van Boven, Ganna Rozhnova, and others

Target audience

Master and graduate students in epidemiology, applied mathematics, biology, and veterinary epidemiology and related fields.

Course aim

Understand the basic concepts of infectious disease modelling; ability of formulating and analysing a simple model; knowledge of how to estimate some basic parameters.

Study load

5 days per week, 9-17
Lectures, practicals, self study, written exam


Course fee
€ 1500.00
Housing fee
€ 350.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School


None available

More information

Mirjam Kretzschmar


Application deadline: 15 June 2019