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Tags: infectious diseases , health economics , vaccines , modelling , covid-19

Hands-on course on epidemiological modelling of infectious diseases and health economic evaluations for vaccines.


Interested in quantitative research and want to learn about infectious disease models and health economic evaluation? We offer a flexible 5-day program on epidemiological modelling using a variety of mathematical models for airborne and close-contact diseases. In addition, the course continues with theory and best practice of health economic evaluations with a focus on vaccines. This course aims to teach hands-on using the R-software.


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 many hands-on tutorials. Health interventions are evaluated with respect to both health effects and costs in health economic evaluations or health technology assessments. The objective is to obtain maximum health outcomes for a given health budget. In this track, we elaborate on cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis for infectious disease interventions. We demonstrate that different types of uncertainty are key for economic evaluations and the different aspects to evaluate preventive and curative medicine.

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.

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

  • Prof. Lander Willem (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Philippe Beutels (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Niel Hens (Hasselt University, University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Pietro Coletti (Hasselt University)

This interdisciplinary initiative is organised and funded by

  • Antwerp Summer and Winter University
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
  • University of Antwerp
  • Hasselt University
  • Quetelet Society


Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at their university. A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme. All certificates of completion are issued as a micro-credential.

Course number:
Short- en long-term programmes
Area of interest:
AI and Data Science, Economics, Business and (Public) Management, Medicine, Health Sciences
Academic year:
2021 - 2022 copy
Starting date:
  • Prof. Philippe Beutels (University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Niel Hens (Hasselt University, University of Antwerp)
  • Prof. Joke Bilcke (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Pietro Coletti (Hasselt University)
  • Dr. Lander Willem (University of Antwerp)

Contact person:

Stadscampus, University of Antwerp, Belgium

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