EP763 Genetic Epidemiology (Spring Semester)

EP763 Genetic Epidemiology

Instructor: Lindsay Farrer

The major objective of this course is to familiarize the student with general methods and principles of genetic epidemiology. Students are expected to have had exposure to statistics at the level of SPH EB-703 and have taken a basic course in epidemiology. Although a previous course in genetics is not required, students must be able to master some basic genetics principles. Thus some background in the biological sciences would be helpful. Topics include pedigree analysis, linkage analysis in humans, twin studies, effects of inbreeding, genetics of common disease and forensic genetics. The course emphasizes practical applications of existing methods to designing and executing genetic studies and to genetic counseling. This will involve some critical evaluation of the scientific literature.

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March 12, 2009
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of BU School of Medicine