Mathematics and Disease
The study of disease has over the past decades benefited tremendously from the field of mathematics. This is in part due to the increase in the availability of clinical and epidemiological data and in part due to more effective training of researchers at the interface between medicine, mathematics, and statistics. The aim of this course is to target undergraduate students interested both in the field of medicine and in quantitative analysis to discover how mathematics has furthered our understanding of human disease. The course will cover mathematics critical for the study of human diseases as well as applications of this content to human disease. Mathematical content will include topics from ordinary differential equations and stochastic processes. Biological applications will include infectious diseases (e.g., ebola, measles, tuberculosis) as well as non-communicable diseases (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular disease). Students will gain an understanding of how mathematics has been used to understand the processes underlying observed patterns of human disease through in-class lectures and discussion of primary literature.