Antwerp, Belgium

Modelling Infectious Diseases and Health Economics

when 4 September 2023 - 8 September 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 1200

Improve your skills and knowledge on infectious disease modelling and health economic evaluations. The first three days handle statistical and mathematical models for airborne and close-contact diseases. The program continues with two days full of principles and best practices for health economic evaluations with a focus on vaccines. This course is hands-on with tutorials in the R and builds upon experience and knowledge from experts in the field.

Mathematical models are increasingly used to study infectious disease transmission, simulate reactive strategies and inform policy. In this course we focus on dynamic or time-dependent models representing the transmission of evolutionary systems. We start with basic concepts of transmission models for infectious diseases and continue with parameter estimation and social contact patterns. The level of model complexity increases from deterministic compartmental models up to stochastic individual-based models and we provide hands-on tutorials in R.

Health interventions are assessed with respect to both effects and costs in health economic evaluations or health technology assessments. The objective is to optimize health outcomes for a constrained health budget. We elaborate in this course on cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses for infectious disease interventions with focus on vaccines. We demonstrate different types of uncertainty for economic evaluations and key aspects to evaluate preventive and curative medicine.

Course leader

The instructors have published an influential body of methodological and applied work on modelling infectious diseases and health economics.

Target group

Health science professionals, (bio)statisticians, economists, mathematicians, etc. who want to expand their modelling toolbox and/or increase their understanding of cost-effectiveness analysis.

Credits info

3 EC
Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). To award ECTS credits, participants are evaluated on a report of a case-study linked to the course material, which has to be send in one month after the course. To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at their university.

A certificate of completion is issued as a micro-credential.

Fee info

EUR 1200: Profit and commercial sector
The registration fee includes course material, coffee breaks and lunch. It does not include dinner, nor accommodation.
EUR 600: Academic and public sector

The registration fee includes course material, coffee breaks and lunch. It does not include dinners or accommodation.


A discount of €50 will be given to members of the Quetelet society.