MAT6932 (Section 6566) Seminar in Biomath.: Infectious disease and economic growth modeling

Link to Detailed Syllabus for MAT6932 Section 6566 Fall 2018

Days: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Period: 5

Time: 11.45 am-12.35 pm

Venue: LIT 223


Description and Goals

Infectious diseases are among the oldest natural enemies of humans. Using mathematical models to understand infectious disease dynamics and to inform disease control measures and the socio-economic impacts of infectious diseases on human populations is attracting much attention in public health, the epidemiological, ecological, immunological, medical, and social sciences. For example, mathematical models have been used in planning for and predicting outbreaks, understanding the impacts of outbreaks on populations, predicting the effects of disease mitigation measures, and in the design and implementation of better disease control strategies.

MAT6932 (Seminar in Biomath) is a 3 credit hours graduate-level course in infectious disease and economic development modeling that introduces students to 1) empirical and theoretical concepts of infectious diseases and 2) the methods and applications of infectious disease modeling from an epidemiological and socio-economic perspective. Examples, to include real-time disease outbreaks, will be drawn from directly and indirectly transmitted diseases. Specific topics will include review of basic mathematical concepts, introduction to infectious diseases and data, deterministic, stochastic, network, and agent-based models, parameter estimation and alternative approaches to model fitting, sensitivity analysis, model selection and identifiability, model evaluation, economic growth theory, coupled disease-economic systems, and formulation of research questions. 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 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.

By the end of the course, students will be able to develop, analyze, and interpret the results of infectious disease models, analyze and interpret infectious disease data, use mathematical models to predict the effects of disease control measures, explore interactions between infectious diseases and economic development, and formulate and pursue important questions in infectious disease epidemiology and/or health economics.


Course policies

Student responsibilitiesStudents 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 to be on time too. Late homework will not be accepted or graded. “Requirements for class attendance and make-up exams, assignments, and other work in this course are consistent with university policies that can be found at:


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.


Online Evaluations

“Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at


Special Accommodations

“Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.”


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