The course consists of two parts:
Mathematical Infectious Disease Models (Monday-Wednesday) Mathematical models are increasingly used to study infectious disease transmission and reactive strategies. We handle basic concepts of disease transmission models, parameter estimation and social contact patterns. The tutorials in R range from deterministic compartmental models up to stochastic individual-based models.
Health Economics for Vaccines (Thursday-Friday) How to evaluate health interventions with the objective to obtain maximum health outcomes for a given health budget? We introduce the general concepts of cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analysis, with practical applications using R and MS Excel. We demonstrate how to generate, present and interpret cost-effectiveness results in the context of uncertainty. We discuss specific issues when evaluating preventive health care technologies such as vaccination programmes.