Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology

   Lesson 1: Population and the Epidemiologic Triad
   Lesson 2: Establishing Causation
   Lesson 3: Population Studies and Family Studies
   Lesson 4: Analytic Study Designs
   Lesson 5: Analyzing the Data

This course covers the concepts of genetic epidemiology. After completing it, you will have a basic understanding of:

  • What constitutes a population
  • The concept of the epidemiologic triad
  • How disease occurs
  • The major causations of disease
  • How to analyze data and to recognize and control sources of bias
  • The difference between population and family studies and the advantages for each
  • The three analytic study designs

Instructions to Users
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Developed by the Center for Human Genetics, Duke University Medical Center and maintained by the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, University of Miami, with support from National Human Genome Research Institute (HG00026), and the Bureau of Health Professions in the Department of Health and Human Services (1D49HP100000)