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Lesson 1: What Are Mathematical Models And What Are they Used For?3 Topics

Lesson 2: Limitations Of Mathematical Modeling

Lesson 3: Key Components Of Mathematical Models And Common Terminology2 Topics1 Quiz

Lesson 4: Making Sense Of Mathematical Modeling Studies3 Topics

Lesson 5: Making Models Matter
Mathematical Models for Advocates Course
Welcome to Lesson 2. This lesson helps you differentiate between questions that can and can’t be answered with mathematical modeling.
As you learned in Lesson 1, mathematical models can be used:
 To understand the spread of diseases or the future course of an outbreak
 To evaluate the impact of public health interventions
 To evaluate the costeffectiveness of public health interventions
 When clinical trials are not possible
While modeling is useful in these instances, it isn’t the best approach for answering all questions. Some questions require implementation science or operations research instead.
The exercise below will help you differentiate between questions that are more and less suitable for modeling. Read the questions below and select ‘yes’ if modeling can be used to answer the question and ‘no’ if a different approach should be used. Please continue to click the arrow to ensure you answered all of the questions.