Molecular Epidemiology

Co-directed by Ranjan Deka, PhD and Kim Dietrich, PhD

We define molecular epidemiology as the use of biological markers in epidemiologic research to evaluate events occurring at the physiologic, cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels. The Molecular Epidemiology Focus Area encompasses biomarker, cancer, and genetic epidemiology. The overall objective of the Molecular Epidemiology Focus Area is to establish an interdisciplinary training program in molecular epidemiology for clinicians seeking an advanced degree (MS or PhD). With the requisite didactic coursework, laboratory experience, and mentoring, students will develop the knowledge base and conceptual framework of scientific inquiry to foster independent research careers in molecular epidemiology. The Molecular Epidemiology Focus Area builds on research, teaching, and mentoring strength within the Center for Environmental Genetics and the Center for Genome Research, comprised of interdisciplinary investigators of world-class scientists in the Department of Environmental Health.

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours


BE-8068 Genetics of Complex Diseases (odd years) 2 F
BE-9073 Molecular Epidemiology 2 S
GNTD-7001 Molecular & Cell Biology 3 F
Biology of Cancer -or-
Human Genetics I (odd years)
3 S
BE-7063 Pediatric Environmental Health (even years) 2 S
BE-7088 Regression Analysis (fulfills the biostatistics core curriculum requirement) 3 S
Independent Study Lab Rotation Independent Study (2 semesters required) Varied F/S