The aim of this micro-credential is to give an introduction to genetic epidemiology, in terms of the principles of genetics and to genetic epidemiologic study design, with particular reference to case studies in the field of human medical genetics.

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On completion of this module learners will be able to:
1. Understand the principles of genetic epidemiology and the features which distinguish it from other epidemiologic research
2. Understand the aims of, and conceptual similarities and differences between different study designs
3. Identify the range of possible genetic architectures which can underlie a trait or a disease
4. Identify a variety of approaches to investigate associations between genes/genetic variants and complex diseases in gene mapping studies and understand potential confounders of these associations
5. Appreciate the role and possible mechanisms by which genetic and environmental risk factors can interact to increase risk of disease

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