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Fall 2014-2015
ENV 304 / ECO 328 / EEB 304 / WWS 455 (STN)  

Disease Ecology, Economics, and Policy

Bryan T. Grenfell
C. Jessica E. Metcalf

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.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 45%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Calculus is required..

Other information:
Other 45% = graded weekly journal assignments (20%), and a poster presentation at the end of the semester (25%).

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 7
Seniors Only 23

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20763 L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th        Enrolled:42 Limit:35 Closed
23558 P99 TBA        Enrolled:42 Limit:42 Closed