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Principles of Genetic Epidemiology [ESP43]

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Start date

5 August 2024

End date

9 August 2024

Course days

Monday to Friday (5 afternoons)

Course time

From 13:00 till 16:00 CEST


Dr. Mohsen Ghanbari, Dr. Abbas Dehghan

Course fee

€ 770


Erasmus MC, Rotterdam NL




There are no prerequisites for this course, but a relevant background of human genetics and statistics is recommended.


  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Pharmaco Epidemiology

Course Materials

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Faculty: Abbas Dehghan MD, PhD (Professor, Imperial College London), Mohsen Ghanbari MD, PhD (Associate professor, Erasmus MC) and others

This course aims to give a basic introduction to methods used in classical genetic epidemiology. In combination with the other course Advanced Analysis of Genome-wide Association Studies present in the Erasmus Summer Programme, the course offers an excellent introduction to genetic epidemiologic research. The course targets a wide-range of participants, including students, epidemiologists, clinicians and molecular biologists with no or little background in genetic epidemiology. The relevant background of human genetics and statistics is presented. Participants are introduced to the basic principles of population genetics, segregation, linkage and association analyses. The course consists of theoretical lectures and (optional) practical sessions after the class. The goal of the course is that participants are able to understand and interpret the findings in modern genetic research.

Please note that we are currently updating the information for 2024, therefore the course information is still subject to change.


  • Understand the fundamental concepts and principles of genetic epidemiology;
  • Acquaint with the methods and applications of genetic epidemiology;
  • Apply resources and current technology used in genetic epidemiology;
  • Analyze and interpret population-based genetic association studies.

Participant profile

The course targets a wide range of participants, including students, epidemiologists, clinicians and molecular biologists with little or no background in genetic epidemiology.