SMED8021 - Genetic epidemiology - theory only


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 50/100
Oral examination 50/100

Course content

The course focuses on the understanding of genetic epidemiology concepts and understanding of genetic variation in the population. Topics to be taught are study design, analysis methods (whole genome, mendelian randomization and functional follow-up), bias and confounding in analyses, implication of functional findings, the use of registry data and ethical considerations. This course has lectures together with SMED8020.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should understand the concepts of genetic epidemiology, understand how genetic variation manifests itself in the population and how it can be studied. Have theoretical knowledge of important tools and analysis methods for whole genome analyses. Be able to assess and discuss results from such analyses, understand implications of functional findings and suggest follow-up analyses. Have theoretical knowledge of analysis methods for MR-analyses. Be able to describe the construction of an instrument variable and assess the validity of such. Be able to assess and discuss results from MR-analyses.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem solving. All lectures and problem solving activities are mandatory. The course coordinator may approve up to 20% absence from mandatory lectures/activities. Absence may not be approved if the activity is considered to be critical to the learning outcomes of the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lectures

Required previous knowledge

Master degree or similar. Medical students at the students Research Program.

Course materials

Given material, lecture notes and published articles.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SMED8020 2.5 AUTUMN 2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  2.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Assignment and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Oral examination 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 50/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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