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Introduction to Omics in Public Health

Winter Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Mon 01/04/2021 - Fri 01/08/2021
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Ayesha Khan

Are you a quantitative scientist who is curious about how –omics can address public health questions?

- Do you want to have a better understanding of the underlying biology and measurement tools used in genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics?

- Do you analyze data and want to understand the process used to generate the data to inform your interpretation of the results or detect potential problems in your dataset?

Introduces quantitative scientists to how “omics” can address public health questions. Reviews basic biology concepts for –omics with a focus on genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. Presents commonly used –omic measurement methods and data preprocessing tools. Discusses challenges that may arise in data analysis due to data measurement issues as well as interpretation of results.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Define different types of –omics data including genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics
  2. Explain basic molecular biology concepts (e.g. the central dogma) and how different type of molecular data relate to one anothe
  3. Explain common laboratory methods used to generate genomic, epigenomic, transcriptomic, and metabolomic data
  4. Recognize potential biologic and technical sources of measurement problems in their –omics dataset
  5. Describe methods to minimize potential data measurement issues
  6. Explain how –omics addresses public health questions
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Quizzes
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Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

All in-person classes will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times the course is scheduled. For further information, please see the Institute website