Genetic Epidemiology Foundations (Coursera)

Genetic Epidemiology Foundations (Coursera)
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Genetic Epidemiology Foundations (Coursera)
This course is designed to provide students with the foundation necessary to conduct statistical analysis of genetic association study data. This course includes topics such as quality control in genetic studies, population-based case-control association studies, genome-wide association studies, and foundational concepts in population genetics and the history of genetics research. Examples of concepts and reference literature are provided in this 6-module course.

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WEEK 1

What is Genetic Epidemiology? Historical Perspective and Introduction

In this module you will better understand genetic epidemiology from its origins to how modern ‘omics is integrated into genetic epidemiology of complex traits. Coverage includes introduction of liability and threshold models, genetic regulation of gene expression, and transcriptome imputation.


WEEK 2

Introduction to Population Genetics: Models and Assumptions

Methods and designs using genetic data are built upon the foundation of population genetics. In this module, you will learn these foundations, including the Hardy Weinberg principle, genetic drift, population structure, inbreeding, and linkage disequilibrium. These principles will be essential to subsequent modules in this course.


WEEK 3

Population Structure and Genetic Association Studies

Building from the introduction to population genetics, in this module you will learn processes that lead to genetic differences between populations, methods to characterize these differences, and how to conduct association studies in structured populations. In addition, you will be able to describe how admixture methods can be applied for association mapping.


WEEK 4

Basic Quality Control in Genetic Data: Data Structure

Quality control is an important step for high throughput genotype data. In this module, you will learn a range of different approaches to identify and to deal with quality problems at different stages of the analysis. In addition, genotype imputation is introduced to infer genotypes at markers that were not typed in the study samples.


WEEK 5

Population-Based Association Studies

Population based association studies have played an important role in mapping genes and genomic regions for complex traits by detecting association between alleles and a trait. In this module, you will learn basic measures of association, common modeling strategies, how to adjust for multiple testing and why, how to evaluate association results, and how to increase reproducibility of study results, including the use of meta-analysis and genetic imputation.


WEEK 6

Family-Based Designs

In this module, you will learn about the various ways in which family-based collections of genetic data are utilized in Genetic Epidemiology. This includes methods that provide support that a genetic component to a trait exists as well as to identify modes of inheritance consistent with a set of data. In addition, linkage methods, which identify large regions of the genome, and association methods, which identify a smaller set of variants, are covered to understand genetic factors affecting a trait.



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