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PREV 711 Genetic Epidemiology: 3 credits

Offered through the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Program in Genetics and Genomic Medicine.

Course Description:

Provides the student with an overview of basic methods in genetic epidemiology, with application to common complex diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. The course will begin with a review of basic human genetics and then proceed to a description of methods used to dissect the genetic contribution to human disease and to map genes. Topics include: assessment of familial aggregation, heritability analysis, segregation and linkage analysis, genetic association studies, and linkage dis-equilibrium mapping. The course will involve a computer lab and students are expected to complete a data analysis project using genetic analysis software and to write up their results as a course project.


PREV 600, PREV 619, PREV 620 or their equivalents, or consent of instructor. Background in basic human genetics helpful.

Course Master:

B. Mitchell, PhD, MPH

HGEN 601 - Basic Human Genetics I: 4 Credits

Offered through the Program in Genetics and Genomic Medicine.

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to the application of basic genetic principles to the study of human health and disease. An overview of basic human genetics is provided in Mendelian genetics, cytogenetics, population genetics, molecular cytogenetics, oncocytogenetics and clinical applications of principles. The importance and implication of genetic disease at the levels of the population and individual families will be discussed.