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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 20.102 (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Macroepidemiology (BE.102) 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Biological Engineering 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. William Thilly 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 20.102 Macroepidemiology (BE.102)

    Spring 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features an extensive reading list, and a tools section with links to MIT's epidemiology database Web site plus a Java® program to analyze this mortality data.

    Course Description

    This course presents a challenging multi-dimensional perspective on the causes of human disease and mortality. The course focuses on analyses of major causes of mortality in the US since 1900: cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, and infectious diseases. Students create analytical models to derive estimates for historically variant population risk factors and physiological rate parameters, and conduct analyses of familial data to separately estimate inherited and environmental risks. The course evaluates the basic population genetics of dominant, recessive and non-deleterious inherited risk factors.

    Technical Requirements

    Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .jar, .xls.


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