19.687 Quantitative Models Environmental Health

Quantitative Models Environmental Health

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 3633
Status Active

In this seminar readings, discussion, group work and computer exercises are used to gain an understanding of how certain kinds of quantitative models work. Emphasis is placed on the underlying assumptions of these models, and on gaining an intuitive understanding of the most common modeling procedures. The types of models covered will be those most important to current research and policy in environmental health, including ordinary least squares, the method of maximum likelihood, Monte Carlo simulation, and systems of ordinary difference equations. There will be a diverse set of readings, frequent computer exercises to be worked either individually or in groups, and a final project. Facility with Excel or an analogous spreadsheet program will be assumed. .