New Course: Agent Based Modeling

Term: Fall 2013
Course Number: BIOST 2098
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:55 AM
Room: A622 Crabtree
Credits: 3
Instructor: John Grefenstette

Description: An introduction to agent-based models (ABMs) as a technique for understanding how the dynamics of biological, social and other complex systems arise from the characteristics and behaviors of the agents making up these systems. Examples will emphasize the applications of ABMs in public health, including infectious disease transmission and control measures; health behaviors such as vaccine refusal, drug and tobacco use, exercise and obesity; community violence and health disparities, but students will have the flexibility to develop projects based on their own areas of interest.