Directed Reading: Environmental-​Molecular Epidemiology

Course Number
CHL7001H S2
7000 (Reading Courses & Research Projects)
Course Instructor(s)
Morteza Bashash

This course is designed for graduate-level students planning on conducting research or interested in the field of molecular epidemiology.  This is an interactive course covering both the major theoretical concepts and practical considerations on utilizing biomarkers in health researches.  The course includes two approaches to cover major topics on molecular epidemiology; 1) introductory lecture/seminar based sessions that covers concept of major topics; and 2)  sessions dedicated to  Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in which students interact with interdisciplinary nature and practical challenges of molecular epidemiology by being exposed to real research scenarios drawn from projects of the Toronto Environmental and Molecular Epidemiology Research Group (TEMERG; ; Director: H Hu).  This course also introduces and prepares interested graduate students and fellows for research with TEMERG investigators.

Learning objectives: Upon completion of the course it is expected that students acquire capability of;

  • Acquiring basic understanding the fundamental principle and concept in the field of molecular epidemiology.
  • Achieve some level of critical appraisal of scientific literatures in the field of molecular epidemiology.
  • Recognizing study design characteristics and ethical issues related to molecular epidemiology.
  • Evaluation of a biomarker
  • Understanding of inherited disease susceptibility and how they interact with environmental exposure in causation of human health outcomes
  • Understanding about biospecimen collection, storage and quality control; and ethical- practical issues of working with biobank