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Fall 2 2008

Dr. D. Schaumberg
1.25 credits
Offered 2008-2009, offered alternate years.
Lectures, seminars, discussion. One 2-hour session each week.

The blinding eye disease macular degeneration has emerged as a paradigmatic example of the interplay between genetic predisposition and lifestyle risk factors in causing chronic disease. This course will use the example of macular degeneration as a jumping off point to study the epidemiology of some of the leading causes of blindness and visual impairment. Other diseases will include cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and dry eye disease, and possibly others. Students will obtain knowledge of the leading causes of blindness and visual impairment throughout the world, the burden of disease, the large socioeconomic and gender inequities globally, and what is known about major risk factors for eye diseases. The course will also touch on strategies to study gene-environment interactions, as well as some statistical issues related to correlated data structures that arise when studying eye disease--e.g. should we study people or eyes?--and how to begin to translate research findings into public health action.

Course Note: EPI 200, EPI 201 or EPI 208 preferred.

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