Office of Research

Institute for Public Health Genetics


Over the past decade, dramatic advances in genomics have paved the way for a fuller understanding of the impact of genetic and environmental factors on human and population health. Through its research and training programs the Institute for Public Health Genetics (IPHG) provides the context for these discoveries and also equips graduates to tackle the complex ethical, legal, policy and social issues that are required to fully realize the benefits of these advances on population health.

Core Services Offered

The IPHG faculty has established a vital and highly regarded graduate training program that remains the only one of its kind. We offer four unique interdisciplinary graduate degrees: Ph.D. and MPH in Public Health Genetics (PHG), an MS in Genetic Epidemiology, and a concurrent JD/MPH in PHG. Students enrolled in other UW graduate programs can earn a Graduate Certificate in PHG. Each of these programs has served as the standard in integrating scientific advancements with a broader interdisciplinary dialogue.

Funding Information:

State funds support the core infrastructure of the IPHG. Students are supported from a variety of extramural funding sources, including NIH training grants to faculty affiliated with the Institute.

Reporting Structure:

Howard Frumkin, Dean, School of Public Health

Related UW Entities:

School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Department of Global Health, Department of Biostatistics, School of Medicine, Department of Bioethics & Humanities, Department of Medical Genetics, Department of Genome Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, School of Arts & Science, Department of Anthropology, Department of Statistics, Jackson School of International Studies, College of Engineering.

External Partners:

Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Washington State Department of Health

Center Details

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Director: Weir, Bruce
Location: Health Sciences Building, F655
Year Started: 1997
Administrator / Program Manager: Garofalo, Gitana
Administering College/School: School of Public Health 
Faculty Involvement: 42