Modeling waterborne diseases

Joe Tien
Department of Mathematics, The Ohio State University

(May 27, 2010 11:30 AM - 12:18 PM)

Modeling waterborne diseases

Abstract

Waterborne diseases remain a serious concern in public health. For example, one of the U.N. Millenium Development Goals is to halve the number of individuals without access to safe drinking water by 2015. Despite their importance, relatively little mathematical work has been done on modeling waterborne diseases. I will present a simple extension of classical "SIR" models to include a waterborne compartment, and then discuss a number of open problems stemming from this work.