MF9120 – Introduction to infectious disease modelling

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Course content

The course is intended to give a conceptual understanding of the basic techniques available for analysing and interpreting epidemiological data on infectious diseases. The course should provide the participants the background for reading and interpreting modelling papers.

Learning outcome

The course covers the following areas: An introduction to compartmental models, exemplified by the Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Recovered (SEIR) model; presentation of fundamental epidemiological concepts such as the basic reproductive rate (R_0), endemic infections and vaccination policies; impact of population structure and human contact patterns on the transmission dynamics of infections; stochastic models; emerging infections with focus on design of intervention programmes.


Enrollment to this course is automatically registered in StudentWeb. Applicants will be notified immediately if their application to the course is granted, if the course is full or if the candidate does not meet the formal prerequisite knowledge for admission. Applicants will be put on a waiting list if the course is full. The maximum number of participant is 30.

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Recommended previous knowledge

The target group for the course are Ph.D. students in medicine or biology, or medical and public health care professionals, veterinary scientists, medical statisticians, and others with interest in infectious disease modelling. Specialist mathematical training is not a prerequisite.


The course will be divided between lectures and group sessions. In the group sessions emphasis will be on reading and discussion of relevant modelling papers, including calculation of simple epidemiological parameters.

You have to participate in at least 80 % of the teaching to be allowed to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.


A take-home exam will be given at the end of the course.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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Autumn 2020

This course is cancelled autumn 2020



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