Close-Up of Asian man wearing surgical mask, with blurry people in the background standing and wearing masks as well.


How can we predict and stop the spread of an infectious disease?

Project Summary

Communicable diseases can increase at an exponential rate if not properly controlled. In this project, students investigate the factors that contribute to and combat the rate of infection in different types of communicable diseases (such as influenza, ebola, tuberculosis, and HIV) and predict the spread in major centers of population using exponential functions. Students will interview experts in public health (doctors, public health nonprofits) about the factors that impact the spread of disease (e.g., vaccination, containment, etc.) and incorporate these factors into their calculations.