In a nutshell


 7-11 September 2020.


Hands-on course on epidemiological modelling for close-contact diseases, health economic evaluations for vaccines and network modelling.

Course description

We organize two parallel course tracks on (1) mathematical and health economic models for airborne and close-contact diseases and (2) network modelling for epidemics.  

[Track 1a]* Mathematical Infectious Disease Models (Monday-Wednesday)
In this track, we handle basic concepts of disease transmission models, parameter estimation and social contact patterns. The tutorials range from deterministic compartmental models up to stochastic individual-based models.
[Track 1b]* Health Economics for Vaccines (Thursday-Friday)
In this track, we elaborate on cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis for infectious disease interventions. We demonstrate how to deal with different types of uncertainty and discuss differences to evaluate preventive versus curative health care technologies. 
[Track 2] Network Modelling for Epidemics (Monday – Friday)
This track introduces deterministic- and stochastic models though focuses on the theory and methods network models with applications for e.g. HIV. The course uses the EpiModel software package in R. On the final day, participants develop a prototype model.

 (*Tracks 1a and 1b can be followed separately)


Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.


Health science professionals, (bio)statisticians, economists, mathematicians, etc. who want to expand their modelling toolbox and/or increase their understanding of cost-effectiveness analysis.


3 ECTS credits will be awarded upon completion of the 5-day program and succesful evaluation of a case-study.

Registration fee?

Students: €600

Non-profit: €900

Profit: €2000


Day 1 - 3: €400/€600/€1200 (Track 1a)
Day 4 - 5: €250/€400/€ 900 (Track 1b)

Fee includes course materials, lunch and coffee breaks. Does not include travel and accommodation costs, although discounted hotel rates are available.


A discount of €50 will be given to members of the Quetelet society.

University of Antwerp Students are entitled to a refund of €150 after completion of the summer school.

The fee for ITM staff and PhDs is €258.

Limited number of reduced fees of €50 available for refugees.

Application details?

Online through Mobility Online.

Application deadline?

31 July 2020, but first come, first served.

External Partners?

  • Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
  • Hasselt University
  • Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (FWO)
  • Quetelet Society

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