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Course Description

This course is designed for graduate students who are interested in conducting or better interpreting epidemiological studies relating genetics to dietary intakes, disease, or health. There is an increasing awareness that various aspects of diet and genetics may both be important contributing factors in chronic disease. This course provides an overview of the statistical tools available to conduct and interpret genetic association analyses of complex disease, with a focus on nutrition. We also review the strengths and weaknesses of the available methods, and provide hands-on experience applying methods such as genome-wide association, haplotype, RNA-sequencing, and gene-diet interaction analyses. Students will become familiar with the Tufts Computing Cluster, Unix tools, R, and other specialized genetic software. Pre-requisites: NUTR 0204: Principles of Epidemiology or equivalent and NUTR 0206: Biostatistics 1 or equivalent, and NUTR 0309: Biostatistics II or equivalent.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript - Bachelor's + 3.0 GPA. You will be contacted after registration for required evidence of immunization; please contact with any questions regarding immunizations.

Instructor Approval: During registration, you will be asked to explain how you meet the pre-requisites for this course and to describe any relevant experience. The instructor will use this information to confirm your enrollment or will otherwise be in touch with you.

Refund Policy: The refund policy for Courses at Tufts offerings is dependent on the offering type: whether the offering is a course, workshop or short course, or in-demand offering. Please refer to the section details to confirm the type of offering as well as any exceptions to the standard refund policy. The refund policies for each offering type are viewable here:

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Affiliated With:

  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy