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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


Prof. Abbas Dehghan, Dr. Mohsen Ghanbari and others

Course fee

€ 793


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

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Faculty: Prof. Abbas Dehghan (Imperial College London), Dr. Mohsen Ghanbari (Erasmus MC) and others

This course aims to provide a basic introduction to the methods used in classical genetic epidemiology. In combination with the Advanced Analysis of Genome-wide Association Studies course present in the Erasmus Summer Programme, the course offers an excellent introduction to genetic epidemiologic research. The course is designed to accommodate a diverse audience, 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 will be introduced to the basic principles of genetics, gene mapping in complex diseases, population genomics, linkage and association analyses. The course consists of theoretical lectures and (optional) practical session after the class. The primary goal of the course is that participants are able to understand and interpret the findings in genetic epidemiology research.


  • 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.