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Yale: Modeling Course Launches This Summer

Yale School of Public Health is offering an intensive summertime course in health modeling to better prepare practicing professionals with the latest tools that they will need to address existing and emerging health challenges.

The Summer Course in Public Health Modeling will run from June 17-19, 2019, and be held on the Yale campus. Registration is required by May 17. The intensive program is designed for researchers, clinicians, industry professionals and policymakers.

“Modeling is an incredibly powerful tool and is really essential to addressing today’s complex public health challenges. This course will give professionals the skills that need to do just that,” said Dr. Forrest W. Crawford, an associate professor at the school and one of the course instructors.

Modeling is the process of formalizing ideas about how a system works, learning about its dynamics and making accurate predictions that allow for targeted and optimized interventions. Modern public health research and practice increasingly utilizes models to better understand and manage dynamic processes — from decision-making in health care delivery and design of clinical trials, to prediction and control of infectious disease outbreaks, to mitigating the effects of drug overdoses.

The course will provide hands-on training in the study and management of health systems and processes that impact the health of individuals, communities and populations. The curriculum covers formulating and fitting models for the clinical progression of disease in an individual, spread of an infectious disease in a community and cost-effectiveness of an intervention in a population.

The course is designed to appeal to a broad audience.  Attendees are expected to be familiar with undergraduate mathematics and basic programming.