MAP 6487 (Section 149F) Biomath Seminar I: Infectious disease modeling and economic growth

Course syllabus, detailed outline and policies


Link to MAP_6487_Syllabus


Time and Location

M W F Period 7 (1.55-2.45 pm), LIT 239

Description and Goals

MAP 6487 is a 3 credit hours graduate-level course in infectious disease modeling and economic development that explores classical examples of infectious disease models, including, but not limited to deterministic, stochastic, metapopulation and network models (with examples drawn from a variety of diseases), the basic reproduction number and disease control, associating disease models with data (alternative model fitting approaches), local and global sensitivity analyses, infectious disease model selection and identifiability. The last part of the course involves dynamical coupling of of infectious disease and economic growth models in a meaningful way and using the coupled systems to explore feedbacks between infectious diseases and economic growth. The course ends with an in-class group exercise on formulating meaningful research questions on infectious diseases. The course will be broken into class lectures, presentations by students, and computer laboratory or tutorial sessions. The course also has a project component.

The goal of the course is to introduce students to infectious diseases and infectious disease models, relate infectious disease models to real-world disease data and integrate infectious disease and economic growth models in a meaningful way to address real-world questions in the ecological and social sciences. Students will use differential equation and stochastic models, as well as numerical techniques to investigate disease outbreak and control, interactions between infectious diseases and economic growth and infer possible intervention measures from the analyses of the models.

Course policies

Student responsibilities: Students are expected to attend and play an active role in all class meetings. Please, do not hesitate to ask questions or seek additional assistance to ensure that you are staying on pace with the class.

Assessment: Students will be evaluated through in-class presentations, homework, and a project. Students are welcome to suggest their own projects or work on projects proposed by the course instructor.

Final Grades                                                             Grading Scale

Presentations            100 points                                               A    360-400 points

Homework                 120 points                                              B    320-359 points

Project                       150 points                                              C    280-319 points

Attendance                  30 points                                              D    240-279 points

 Total                         400 points                                             E    000-239 points

Attendance and Late Policy

In a bit to understand the material, it will be essential that students keep pace with the material as it is being presented. Consequently, students will be expected to attend all class meetings and participate actively.

Academic Honesty

Students should familiarize themselves with the University’s Code of Conduct ( and the university’s policy on academic honesty, which may be found in the University of Florida Rules, 6C1-4.

Student Evaluation

I look forward to reading your constructive and objective comments. These comments will be helpful in my subsequent teaching of this course. I encourage students to furnish me with feedback, either in person, by voice mail, by email, through a note left under my office door, etc., throughout the semester.

Special Accommodations

Students requesting classroom accommodations or special arrangements during examinations must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation. The student must then make arrangements with the instructor to meet the requesting accommodation.

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