Modeling the interplay between human behavior and the spread of infectious diseases

Piero Manfredi, Alberto D'Onofrio

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Abstract

This volume summarizes the state-of-the-art in the fast growing research area of modeling the influence of information-driven human behavior on the spread and control of infectious diseases. In particular, it features the two main and inter-related core topics: behavioral changes in response to global threats, for example, pandemic influenza, and the pseudo-rational opposition to vaccines. In order to make realistic predictions, modelers need to go beyond classical mathematical epidemiology to take these dynamic effects into account. With contributions from experts in this field, the book fills a void in the literature. It goes beyond classical texts, yet preserves the rationale of many of them by sticking to the underlying biology without compromising on scientific rigor. Epidemiologists, theoretical biologists, biophysicists, applied mathematicians, and PhD students will benefit from this book. However, it is also written for Public Health professionals interested in understanding models, and to advanced undergraduate students, since it only requires a working knowledge of mathematical epidemiology.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages329
ISBN (Print)9781461454748, 1461454735, 9781461454731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)

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