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Population Genetics and Statistics for Forensic Analysts


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Population Genetics & Statistics
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Population Genetics and Statistics

This course provides information in the two lessons.

Population Theory. Learn the basic terms in population genetics, factors that can alter allele frequencies in a population, and calculations associated with the Hardy-Weinberg principle.

Statistics. Learn the importance and use of statistics and probability to the field of forensic science, how to use at least one of the accepted statistical approaches to evaluate DNA data, and how DNA population databases are constructed and used.


Taking the Course

Starting the course. Select the top link in the navigation on the right.

Navigating the course. We recommend you go through the course page-by-page using the Forward and Back buttons at the bottom of the page. You may skip around and select lessons using the navigation on the right.


Information addressed in this interactive training program is delivered in two modules. Select a module below to begin.


Population Theory