Mathematical models are increasingly used to study infectious disease transmission, simulate reactive strategies and inform policy. In this course we focus on dynamic or time-dependent models representing the transmission of evolutionary systems. We start with basic concepts of transmission models for infectious diseases and continue with parameter estimation and social contact patterns. The level of model complexity increases from deterministic compartmental models up to stochastic individual-based models and we provide hands-on tutorials in R.  

Health interventions are assessed with respect to both effects and costs in health economic evaluations or health technology assessments. The objective is to optimize health outcomes for a constrained health budget. We elaborate in this course on cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses for infectious disease interventions with focus on vaccines. We demonstrate different types of uncertainty for economic evaluations and key aspects to evaluate preventive and curative medicine. 


University of Antwerp City Campus
Building K, Room 103
Kleine Kauwenberg 14
2000 Antwerpen

The venue is located near Central Station (17min walk). If you come to Antwerp by car, check the regulations about the Low Emission Zone

Target group

Health science professionals, (bio)statisticians, economists, mathematicians, etc. who want to expand their modelling toolbox and/or increase their understanding of cost-effectiveness analysis. Our 5-day course is suitable for those with a background in mathematics, statistics or econometrics. For example, the paper of Bjørnstad et al. (2020) describes part of the course material. We invite you to join us in Antwerp if this kind of research resonates with you. We will off-course provide more details throughout the course.

Micro-credentials and study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). To award ECTS credits, participants are evaluated on a report of a case-study linked to the course material, which has to be send in one month after the course. To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at their university. 

A certificate of completion is issued as a micro-credential.