PHG 301 -- Public Health Genomics: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology


Time and location:  T  TH  1:30 - 2:50 in SIG 225

Course Overview and Curriculum Content

This course offered by the Institute for Public Health Genetics will survey a wide range of approaches for investigating the genetic and environmental causes of disease, and provide examples of how genetic epidemiologic research findings can be used in public health and clinical practice to improve the health of individuals and populations. We will also touch on the ethical, societal, political and legal dimensions that can arise when using information on genetic and environmental factors in research and practice. This course will develop students' ability to understand the basic approaches used to identify genetic and environmental factors in health and disease, and how the application of this information can be used improve population health, as well as to appreciate the ethical, legal and social implications that can arise in both research and translation to practice.

Course Learning Goals/Objectives

By the end of the course each student will be able to:

  • Define genetic epidemiology
  • Describe the fundamental concepts critical to genetic epidemiology
  • Describe the major study designs used in genetic epidemiology
  • Be able to collect family health information and draw a pedigree using a software program
  • Describe the relationship and impacts of genetic epidemiology on public health
  • Describe the benefits and harms of direct to consumer genetic testing
  • Explain how genetic epidemiologic findings can be applied in public health using current examples
  • Critically analyze media presentations that present genetic science and its applications

(Updated Nov 8, 2012)