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Fall 2013-2014
ENV 304 / ECO 328 / EEB 304 / WWS 455 (STN)  

Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy

Bryan T. Grenfell
Ramanan Laxminarayan

The dynamics of the emergence and spread of disease arise from a complex interplay between disease ecology, economics, and human behavior. Lectures will provide an introduction to complementarities between economic and epidemiological approaches to understanding the emergence, spread, and control of infectious diseases. The course will cover topics such as drug-resistance in bacterial and parasitic infections, individual incentives to vaccinate, the role of information in the transmission of infectious diseases, and the evolution of social norms in healthcare practices.

Sample reading list:
Smith, D. L., Levin, S.A., Laxminarayan, R., "Strategic Interactions in multi-institution epidemics of
antibiotic resistance
Laxminarayan, R., Over, M. Smith, D., "Will a global subsidy of new antimalarials delay the
delay the emergence of resistance and save lives?
Health Affairs
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will read assignments from primary journals (approx. 30 pages per week). Students will be assigned a paper to present in class. During the second half of the course, students will present draft versions of their term paper in class.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 45%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Calculus is required..

Other information:
Enrollment in precepts will be done using SCORE.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 6
Juniors Only 14
Seniors Only 25

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22856 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   Lewis Library   120   Enrolled:50 Limit:45 Closed
24469 P01 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm W   McDonnell Hall   108   Enrolled:16 Limit:15 Closed
24470 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McDonnell Hall   108   Enrolled:7 Limit:15
24471 P03 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   Center for Jewish Life   001   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
24472 P04 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm T   Center for Jewish Life   001   Enrolled:12 Limit:15
22863 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled