Offered Fall 2022
Schedule & Location: MWF 10:40-11:30, 499 DSL
In this course, students will explore the different elements that determine the outcome of infectious disease in humans, using COVID-19 as a case study. Starting with a very basic model that includes susceptible, infected, and recovered individuals, students will gradually incorporate factors that may affect the outcome of an outbreak, such as masking/quarantining, gain and loss of natural and vaccine-based immunity, and changing virulence/strains. After summarizing data already collected during the recent pandemic, students will inform the model to determine the conditions under which different outcomes may occur. Students will summarize their results graphically and present their findings.
No prerequisites or programming experience required. The course is designed to be accessible to all students, regardless of background or major.