Molecular Epidemiology of the Exposome and Chronic Disease

This course will provide students with an introduction into using molecular epidemiology to study the exposome.



Course Level
Advanced Master
ECTS credits
1.5 ECTS
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


There is a specific emphasis in this course on the use of molecular markers to characterize relationships between exposures to environmental factors and chronic diseases.

The course covers the following aspects:

  • Introduction to the platforms that are available for the analysis of molecular markers in epidemiological studies.
  • Introduction to the considerations that are important when setting up a molecular epidemiological study.
  • Introduction to the statistical methods available for the analysis of molecular epidemiological studies.
  • Practical examples of molecular epidemiological studies.

These components are addressed through lectures, computer practicals, and group discussion. Background materials that cover theoretical aspects of molecular epidemiology will be provided.

MEC 2024 schedule v2.3.docx

Target audience

The target audience for this course are MSc and PhD students with an interest in Exposome research and a background in epidemiology. Students and professionals from outside Utrecht University are welcome. For the computer labs we will use R statistical software. Some experience on working with this software is recommended. Due to the international nature of the course, it is taught in English.

Aim of the course

The aim of this course is to give students an introduction into internal exposome research. There is a specific emphasis on the use of molecular markers to characterize relationships with chronic diseases and exposures to environmental factors.


  • Course fee: €750.00
  • Included: Course + course materials + lunch
  • Housing fee: €250
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

The housing costs include housing, plus a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag, for you to keep. This sleeping bag also includes an inflatable pillow and matrass cover. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please contact us, so we can give you a € 50 discount on the housing fee. Please note that you cannot buy individual bedding items.