The value of mathematical modelling approaches in epidemiology for public health decision making

  • Oscar Espinosa Economic Models and Quantitative Methods Research Group, Centro de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Bogotá, Colombia.
  • Oscar Franco a. Department of Global Public Health, Utrecht University. Utrecht, Netherlands. b. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University. Boston, USA.
  • Martha Ospina Florida International University, Miami, USA.
  • Mabel Carabalí Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Toronto, Canadá.
  • Ricardo Baeza-Yates a. Institute for Experiential AI, Northeastern University. California, USA. b. Department of Information and Communication Technologies, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Barcelona, Spain. c. Department of Computer Science, Universidad de Chile. Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Keywords: Mathematical modelling, Epidemiology, Public health, Decision making, Anesthesiology


It is discussed the relevance of quantitative approaches, specifically mathematical modelling in epidemiology, in the public health decision-making process. This topic is discussed here based on the experience of various experts in mathematical epidemiology and public health. First, the definition of mathematical modelling is presented, especially in the context of epidemiology. Second, the different uses and socio-political implications, including empirical examples of recent experiences that have taken place at the international level are addressed. Finally, some general considerations regarding the challenges encountered in the use and application of mathematical modelling in epidemiology in the decision-making process at the local and national levels.


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Espinosa O, Franco O, Ospina M, Carabalí M, Baeza-Yates R. The value of mathematical modelling approaches in epidemiology for public health decision making. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2023 May 26 [cited 2023 Dec. 2];. Available from:


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Espinosa O, Franco O, Ospina M, Carabalí M, Baeza-Yates R. The value of mathematical modelling approaches in epidemiology for public health decision making. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2023 May 26 [cited 2023 Dec. 2];. Available from:


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