Modeling the COVID-19 Pandemic

This session will look at modeling the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of an infectious disease epidemiologist. The presenter, Professor Deirdre Hollingsworth, uses mathematical models and statistical analyses to study the evolution and transmission dynamics of infectious diseases with the aim of informing the design of more effective control interventions. The session will introduce some of the basic mathematics used in studying COVID-19 transmission within a population. Using live-polling, basic information will be collected from the virtual audience to inform a simple model of COVID-19 transmission within a hypothetical in-person instance of the Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar held during the pandemic.

  • Date:Tuesday, September 14
  • Time:12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
  • Session Type:General Session
  • Session Code:GS-2
  • Learning Objective 1:Understand basic transmission dynamics of COVID-19.
  • Learning Objective 2:Understand basic mathematics in modeling transmission of COVID-19 within a population.
  • Learning Objective 3:Understand various transmission mitigation approaches and associated mathematical modeling of impact.
  • Level of Knowledge:Level 1: No prior knowledge of the subject
  • Moderator:Stephen Talley


Deirdre Hollingsworth
University of Oxford