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
ANT3440Molecular Anthropology: Theory & PracticeProf. Esteban ParraCovers the basic principles and concepts of population genetics. This course will be offered in the 2013 fall term. 2013 Syllabus [ PDF / Website ].
CHL5224Statistical GeneticsProf. Lei SunFocus on statistical methods.

Fall 2016: Click here
STA2080Fundamentals of Statistical GeneticsProf. Lei SunWinter 2017: Click here
CHL5430Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology*Prof. France Gagnon

Invited lecturers and guest speakers:

- Steven Narod (Women's College Research Institute and UofT DLSPH Div. of Epidemiology)

- Esteban Parra (UofT, Dept. of Anthropology)

- Lisa Strug (The Hospital for Sick Children and UofT DLSPH Div. of Biostatistics)
Overview of fundamental concepts underlying the design and conduct of genetic epidemiologic studies. 2012 Syllabus [ PDF / Website ].
CHL5228H YStatistical Methods for Genetics Genomics Research Seminar (SMG)Dr. Shelley Bull
Dr. Andrew Paterson
One hour Journal Club/Research Seminar session, held 2-3 times per month, September through April, with faculty participation.

Fall Term: Click here

Winter Term: Click here

Seminar Schedule: Click here

Course Syllabus: Click here
STA4315Computational Methods for Statistical GeneticsProf. Radu Craiu
Prof. Lei Sun
Advanced statistical genetics. Course might be offered again in the future. 2009 Syllabus [ PDF (250 KB) ].
* 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 for Epidemiologists IProf. Dionne GesinkIntro to biostatistics for students in the biological sciences. Clinical trainees should consider taking this course. [ Website ].
CHL5210HCategorical Data AnalysisProf. Laurent BriollaisBased on examples from statistical genetics research. [ Website ].
CHL5403HEpidemiology of Non-Communicable DiseasesDr. Rayjean J. Hung
Prof. Robert Mann
Prof. Anthony B. Miller
The course covers the epidemiology of selected chronic diseases/health conditions and their risk factors. [ Website ].
CHL5409HCancer EpidemiologyProf. Anna M. Chiarelli
Dr. Julia Knight
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 ].
CHL7001HYStatistical Models on Complex Human Genetic DiseasesProf. Wei XuThis course focuses on the analysis of human complex diseases which, though they are partly genetic, are not inherited in ‘simple’ Mendelian fashion. [ 2013 Syllabus PDF / 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 ].
MCBD1041Fundamentals of Human GeneticsDr. Peter Ray
Dr. Johanna Rommens
Trainees from statistics, without prior exposure to genetic research, should consider taking this course. [ Website ]. Students are required to seek permission from the course coordinator in order to enroll in this course.
MSC2010YMolecular Medicine in Human Genetic Disease / Advanced Concepts in Human Genetic DiseaseDr. Lucy R. Osborne
Dr. Steve Scherer
This course should encourage students to develop an approach to the genetic analysis, investigation and treatment of human disease [ Website ].

Advanced Courses in Statistics and Epidemiology

Course CodeCourse / Seminar TitleInstructor(s)Comments
CHL7001HIntroduction to the
Likelihood Paradigm
Dr. Lisa StrugThis course presents an overview of the standard paradigms, along with their strengths and limitations, and covers the likelihood paradigm in detail with emphasis on the theory and applications. This course will be offered every two years. 2011 Syllabus [ PDF 106 KB ].