Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Module MA5614

This Module is offered by TUM Department of Mathematics.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

MA5614 is a semester module in English language at which is offered irregular.

This module description is valid from SS 2015 to SS 2015.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Standard models and results for the dynamics of infectious diseases, Kermack-McKendrick model and variations, estimation of R0, stochastic models, control of infections, evolutionary aspects of infectious diseases.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of the module, students understand the basic principle behind the spread and control of infectious diseases. They know the basic models and how to adapt them for given diseases. They are able to recognize the driving evolutionary forces changing infectious agents and their effect.


Standard lectures as required for MA2000 - Mathematical Basics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods



Blackboard and chock. Some short lecture notes.


Diekmann, Heesterbeek, Mathematical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. Weyley, 2000. Original research articles for the specialized parts of the lecture.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Written or oral exam (depending on number of participants)

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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