Pre-doctoral trainees are expected to undertake the required course work of their respective academic programs (e.g. Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology). These courses will also be available to postdoctoral fellows and “retraining” scientists, but not required.


Courses that introduce trainees to the basic concepts and principles of genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, and population genetics. Trainees will successfully complete two required integrative courses, plus one required integrative seminar in statistical methods for genetics and genomics. Trainees may take additional, elective integrative courses at their own discretion.

Course CodeCourse / Seminar TitleInstructor(s)Comments
CHL5224Modern Statistical GeneticsProf. Lei SunCourse Details
STA2080Fundamentals of Statistical GeneticsProf. Lei SunCourse Details
CHL5430Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology*Prof. France Gagnon

Invited lecturers and guest speakers
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CHL5228H YStatistical Methods for Genetics Genomics Research Seminar (SMG)Dr. Shelley Bull
Dr. Andrew Paterson
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* Trainees with prior knowledge or experience in genetic epidemiology might be exempt from taking this course.


Courses designed to develop cross-disciplinary skills and knowledge. Trainees will successfully complete at least two cross-disciplinary courses, aiming for breadth outside their own core disciplines. Suggested courses include, but are not limited to:

Course CodeCourse / Seminar TitleInstructor(s)Comments / Description
BCB420Computational Systems BiologyProf. Boris SteipeCurrent approaches to using the computer for analyzing and modeling biology as integrated molecular systems. The course complements an introductory Bioinformatics course such as BCH441H1 (enrolment limited). [ Website ].
CHL5121Genomics, Bioethics and Public PolicyProf. Abdallah S. Daar The course addresses the main bioethical and public policy issues associated with genomics and health biotechnology development. [ Website ].
CHL5201Biostatistics IProf. Kevin Thorpe
Prof. Lennon Li
Intro to biostatistics for students in the biological sciences. Clinical trainees should consider taking this course. [ Website ].
CHL5210HCategorical Data AnalysisBased on examples from statistical genetics research. [ Website ].
CHL5403HEpidemiology of Non-Communicable DiseasesProf. Robert Mann
Prof. Michael Roerecke
The course covers the epidemiology of selected chronic diseases/health conditions and their risk factors. [ Website ].
CHL5409HCancer EpidemiologyProf. Meghan Walker
Prof. Anna Maria Chiarelli
This is a seminar and guided-reading course for masters and doctoral students with a strongly focused interest or thesis topic in the area of cancer epidemiology [ Website ].
CSC260FIntro to Scientific, Symbolic and Graphical ComputationDepartment of Computer ScienceFor trainees with limited programming skills. Offered on the basis of instructor availability. Fall 2011 offerings TBC in March 2011. [ Website ].

High-Performance Scientific ComputingC. Christara, Department of Computer ScienceFor trainees requiring more advanced programming skills. [ Website ].

Advanced Courses in Statistics and Epidemiology

Course CodeCourse / Seminar TitleInstructor(s)Comments