Applications of Mathematics to Medicine


In modern medicine, mathematical modeling and statistical (big) data analysis are playing an increasingly important role to uncover complex disease mechanisms. Based on a series of concrete research topics we will learn how to critically read the biomedical literature and develop our own hypotheses. We will translate biomedical problems into the language of mathematics and tackle them using a combination of analytic reasoning and data analysis.

Course topics will include: cancer, physiology, epidemics and vaccination, precision medicine & big data, health policy and more.

This course has a substantial research component. As such, particular emphasis will be placed on mathematical reasoning, problem solving and the effective communication of scientific ideas, both through writing and oral presentations. The overarching goal of this course is to dive head-first into the exciting world of research at the interface of mathematics and medicine.

Prerequisites: Math 122 or similar, high school biology, interest in mathematics and the biomedical sciences

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