Precision Medicine I - Genomic Medicine

2 Credits, Fall Semester

It has been often repeated that the human genome project will transform medicine. In this course we will explore the ways in which genomics is indeed changing the processes of diagnoses and therapy but also the ways in which genomics recasts well-worn medical challenges in the context of the “big data” now generated across multiple measurement modalities in medicine. Like other scientific revolutions in measurement, but in its own unique way, genomics poses some practical and philosophical challenges about the nature of identity, disease and ethnicity. In the context of the economics of healthcare and the advent of precision medicine, these challenges require careful analytic and data-driven approaches which will be addressed in this course.

Open to all Harvard and MIT students. To cross-register, submit a cross-registration petition via Include in the comments your interest in the course and experience with using R programming language. 

Email Rebecca Fitzhugh with questions about cross-registration. 

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Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital