SISMID 2018 Modules

10th Annual Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID)

Module 11: Contact Network Epidemiology

Session 4: Wed Jul 18 to Fri Jul 20

Module dates/times: Wednesday, July 18, 1:30-5 p.m.; Thursday, July 19, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, July 20, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Prerequisite: Previous programming experience in some language is expected.

Recommended but not required: Programming will be in Python.

Interpreting population interactions as contact networks provides powerful mathematical and computational frameworks for modeling infectious diseases.  This course introduces network concepts (e.g., nodes, degree, clustering, and modularity), and analytical and simulation-based approaches to contact network epidemiology. We will discuss both idealized and empirical networks and how modeling assumptions affect the tractability of different methods.

Students will use simple analytical models to predict disease properties such as threshold conditions, final sizes, epidemic probability, and epidemic dynamics.  They will use the Python programming language and NetworkX software library to represent and analyze networks, construct epidemic simulations, and model various intervention strategies.