Methods matter: computational modelling in public health policy and planning

Earnest, Jaime Anne (2016) Methods matter: computational modelling in public health policy and planning. PhD thesis, University of Glasgow.

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This work is aimed at understanding and unifying information on epidemiological modelling methods and how those methods relate to public policy addressing human health, specifically in the context of infectious disease prevention, pandemic planning, and health behaviour change. This thesis employs multiple qualitative and quantitative methods, and presents as a manuscript of several individual, data-driven projects that are combined in a narrative arc. The first chapter introduces the scope and complexity of this interdisciplinary undertaking, describing several topical intersections of importance. The second chapter begins the presentation of original data, and describes in detail two exercises in computational epidemiological modelling pertinent to pandemic influenza planning and policy, and progresses in the next chapter to present additional original data on how the confidence of the public in modelling methodology may have an effect on their planned health behaviour change as recommended in public health policy. The thesis narrative continues in the final data-driven chapter to describe how health policymakers use modelling methods and scientific evidence to inform and construct health policies for the prevention of infectious diseases, and concludes with a narrative chapter that evaluates the breadth of this data and recommends strategies for the optimal use of modelling methodologies when informing public health policy in applied public health scenarios.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Epidemiology, influenza, public health, public policy, health planning, modelling, computational modelling.
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Colleges/Schools: College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Funder's Name: University of Glasgow
Supervisor's Name: Reid, Dr. Kate and Mancy, Dr. Rebecca and Haydon, Dr. Daniel
Date of Award: 2016
Depositing User: Jaime Anne Jaime Anne Earnest
Unique ID: glathesis:2016-7434
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 10:05
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2016 13:58

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