Macroepidemiology OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Bioengineering Course by MIT

Published Feb 09, 2009

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The free OpenCourseWare 'Macroepidemiology,' offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), examines popular but contested assumptions involving the roles of genetics and environmental risk factors in human disease and mortality. This undergraduate program is offered through the MIT Department of Biological Engineering.

Macroepidemiology: Course Specifics

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Macroepidemiology: Course Description

Students in this free OpenCourseWare analyze the major causes of death in the United States since 1990. These causes include cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. They study larger population factors, such as the role of gender in disease and mortality and risks facing smaller subpopulations. Students also examine familial data to approximate genetic and environmental risk factors. This undergraduate course in the department of Biological Engineering is led by MIT Professor William Thilly. Special software is required.

A list of readings, lecture notes, problem sets, a term paper description and tools are available for free online. If you're interested in taking this course, visit the 'Macroepidemiology' course page.

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