Public Health Modeling Course Launching This Summer

The 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 Forrest W. Crawford, Ph.D., 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.  

Modeling is an incredibly powerful tool and is really essential to addressing today’s complex public health challenges

Forrest Crawford

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.

The Yale School of Public Health is a leader in the use of modeling to improve health outcomes through its research and educational programs, including the Public Health Modeling Concentration for graduate students. The course instructors are experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and health care operations and public policy.  In addition to Crawford, course instructors will include Professor A. David Paltiel, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Virginia Pitzer, Ph.D.

Participants in the summer course will receive a completion certificate and will stay in Benjamin Franklin College, Yale’s newest residential hall that opened in 2017. 

Visit the course website and application .

This article was submitted by Denise Meyer on April 11, 2019.

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Forrest W. Crawford

Associate Professor of Biostatistics and of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and of Management

A David Paltiel

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), Professor of Management, and Professor in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Virginia Pitzer

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)