MATH5175 Special Topic Applied - Infectious Disease Modelling

MATH5175 is a Special Topic in Applied Mathematics course for Honours and Postgraduate Coursework students. The topic for Semester 2, 2016 is Infectious Disease Modelling. See the course overview below.

Units of credit: 6


Cycle of offering: Topics rotate; Term 1 in Trimester.

Graduate attributes: The course will enhance your research, inquiry and analytical thinking abilities.

More information: Course outline (pdf)

The Online Handbook entry contains information about the course. (The timetable is only up-to-date if the course is being offered this year.)

If you are currently enrolled in MATH5175, you can log into UNSW Moodle for this course.

Course Overview

Infectious diseases are of increasing concern to society especially as the world becomes more connected. SARS, Ebola and more recently MERS have impacted the communities directly in which they arose, but have also concerned governments and communities elsewhere who fear cases being established in their own regions. More established epidemics such as HIV and malaria cause millions of deaths annually and large efforts are being expended by world health organizations and governments.

How infectious are these and other diseases? Will an outbreak of a new disease lead to an epidemic? If so how much of the population will be affected? Will quarantining people diagnosed with infection be effective? For established epidemics such as HIV what impact will a new intervention have? These and other questions highlight the dynamic nature of infectious disease epidemiology and increasingly mathematicians are tasked the job of answering them. In this course we will cover the basics of epidemiology, their dynamics, and how to address these questions. This will be done in the context of a number of diseases including HIV, hepatitis B virus, human papilloma virus and influenza. No prior biology background will be required. Outside experts who advise policy on a number of these infections will contribute to the course.