Social network analysis and modeling

The dynamics that foster disease emergence and transmission world-wide continue to expand in complexityand scope, thus creating unprecedented new challenges to solving local, regional, and global problems of animal and human health and to mitigating their social, economic, and political consequences. Global efforts toward sustaining animal and human health must have knowledge of disease incidence, as well as rapidly changing influences of competing factors in global health, including environmental changes, global warming, economic and political landscapes, and international movement and travel of humans and animals. Prerequisite to understanding changing local, regional, or global distributions of disease or disease risks is the rapid access to current information that can provide the necessary situational awareness of disease and of factors potentially associated with disease risk.