Switzerland, Wengen, Hotel Sunstar

Digital Epidemiology and Participatory surveillance: Methods and Applications

when 23 January 2020 - 25 January 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee CHF 900

The pervasiveness of the Web and mobile technologies as well as the growing adoption of smart wearable sensors have significantly changed the landscape of epidemic intelligence data gathering with an unprecedented impact on global public health. The digital traces generated by a large number of individuals interacting with Web and mobile technologies as well as wearable sensors contain epidemiological indicators that are not easily accessed with traditional approaches. Collectively, these digital sources largely enhance the capabilities of epidemiology and global public health. Indeed, since more than a decade, the growing field of digital epidemiology (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=29302758) has been using digital data generated outside the public health system to carry out epidemiological studies on an unprecedented scale and with an unprecedented precision.
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the main success stories collected during the first ten years of this young and exciting field. Moreover, the students will be guided on a few case studies with a hands-on approach.

Course leader

Dr. Daniela Paolotti ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy

Dr. Ciro Cattuto ISI Foundation, Turin, Italy

Target group

This course is aimed at epidemiologists, biostatistician and other health researchers with strong quantitative skills and experience in statistical analysis. Python notebooks will be used for the computer practical sessions. Familiarity with Python is desirable, although code and solutions will be provided.

Course aim

By the end of this course participants will:
- have a knowledge of the state-of-the-art research in the young and growing field of Digital Epidemiology.
- be able to collect data from digital proxy sources such as Google Trends, Wikipedia, Twitter etc.
- be able to design simple models for inferring and predicting epidemiological indicators from proxy data.
- receive an introduction to advanced topics such as data mining and machine learning methods to infer epidemiological indicators from proxy data.

Fee info

CHF 900: SSPH+ students: CHF 700
Academic: CHF 900
Industry: CHF 2000

Participants must book their accommodations themselves. Please see our recommendations on www.epi-winterschool.org/hotels for special prices.

You can register on the Winter School website www.epi-winterschool.org