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Public Health Genetics

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Program Overview

331 Raitt Hall, Box 353410

Public health genetics is an emerging field that applies advances in human genetics, genomics, and molecular biotechnology to improve public health and prevent disease.

Founded in 1997, the University of Washington's Institute for Public Health Genetics (IPHG) is a leader in the emerging field of public health genetics. Alone among U.S. universities, the UW, through IPHG, offers graduate degrees at both the master's and PhD levels.

The mission of the IPHG is to provide broad, interdisciplinary training for future public health professionals, to facilitate research in public health genetics, and to serve as a resource for continuing professional education.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
331 Raitt Hall, Box 353410
206-616-9286
phgen@uw.edu

Master of Science, Genetic Epidemiology

An interdisciplinary field that draws on training in epidemiology, genetics, and biostatistics and examines how genes and environmental factors interact to influence health and disease in human populations. Training in genetic epidemiology focuses on methods to identify genetic influences on human diseases and interactions with environmental exposures in populations, emphasizing applied research skills.

Admission Requirements

  1. Statement of purpose
  2. Official sealed transcripts, including courses, grades, and degrees from all institutions attended after secondary school
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Required for all applicants, except those who hold a U.S. doctorate (neither the MCAT nor ECFMG are acceptable substitutes for the GRE).
  4. International applicants: official TOEFL scores
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or others who know the student's work reasonably well. At least two letters should be academic references.
  6. Recent copy of resume or curriculum vitae

Degree Requirements

68 credits minimum, to include:
  1. Required Courses: PHG 511/EPI 517 (3),PHG 518/EPI 518 (4), PHG 519/BIOST 516/EPI 516 (3), EPI 573/ENV H 573 (3), PHG 512/LAW H 504/B H 514 (3); EPI 512 (4), EPI 513 (4); BIOST 517 (4), BIOST 518 (4); PHG 536/MEBI 536/PABIO 536 (3),GENOME 552 (1.5)
  2. Elective Courses: Elective courses (excluding independent study and thesis credits) must be in epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, public health genetics, or be related to the biological, physical, or social/behavioral factors which affect health, in particular ethical, legal and social issues related to genetic epidemiology.
  3. Thesis: PHG 700 (9 credits minimum)

Master of Public Health, Public Health Genetics

Public Health Genetics is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that applies the rapid advances in human genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics to improve public health and prevent disease on a population basis. Training focuses on two core knowledge areas: genomics in public health (genetic and molecular epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, clinical aspects of genomics) and implication of genetics for society (ethics and social science, law and policy, health economics, and outcomes research).

Admission Requirements

  1. Statement of purpose.
  2. Official sealed transcripts, including courses, grades and degrees from all institutions attended after secondary school
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Required for all applicants, except those who hold a U.S. doctorate (neither the MCAT nor ECFMG are acceptable substitutes for the GRE).
  4. International applicants: official TOEFL scores
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or others who know the applicant's work reasonably well. At least two letters should be academic references.
  6. A recent copy of the applicant's resume or curriculum vitae

Degree Requirements

63 credits, as follows:
  1. Required Courses: 53 credits as follows: EPI 511 (4), BIOST 511 (4), HSERV 511 (3), ENV H 511 (3), HSERV 510 (3); PHG 511 (3), PHG 512 (3), PHG 513 (3), three of PHG 521 (3), PHG 522 (3), PHG 523 (3), PHG 525 (3), and PHG 542 (3); PHG 580 (6); PHG 595(3); at least 9 credits of PHG 700
  2. Electives: Remaining 10 credits may combine approved elective courses, PHG 600 credits, and PHG 700 credits

Doctor of Philosophy

Public Health Genetics is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that applies the rapid advances in human genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics to improve public health and prevent disease on a population basis. Training focuses on two core knowledge areas: genomics in public health (genetic and molecular epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, clinical aspects of genomics) and implications of genetics for society (ethics and social science, law and policy, health economics, and outcomes research).

Admission Requirements

  1. Statement of purpose.
  2. Official sealed transcripts, including courses, grades, and degrees from all institutions attended after secondary school.
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Required for all applicants, except those who hold a U.S. doctorate (neither the MCAT nor ECFMG are acceptable substitutes for the GRE).
  4. International applicants: official TOEFL scores
  5. Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or others who know the applicant's work reasonably well. At least two letters should be academic references.
  6. A recent copy of the applicant's resume or curriculum vitae.

Degree Requirements

90 credits minimum, to include:
  1. Additional writing courses may be required. Students should consult their faculty adviser.
  2. Human Genetics: required -- PHG 551 or GENOME 565 (4); highly recommended -- GENOME 552 (1.5), PHG 536 (3)
  3. Public Health: required -- EPI 511 (4); BIOST 511 (4) or BIOST 517 (4); ENV H 511 (3); HSERV 511 (3)
  4. Core Knowledge Areas
    1. Genomics in Public Health: PHG 511 (3), PHG 513 (3), PHG 542 (3), PHG 580 (1)
    2. Implications of Genetics for Society: PHG 512 (3), PHG 521 (3), PHG 522 (3) or PHG 523 (3), PHG 525 (3)
  5. PHG 580 is required each quarter for all PhD students until they pass the preliminary examination.
  6. Preliminary Examination: Following completion of required courses, usually taken at the end of the second year of study.
  7. Selective Courses for Core Knowledge Areas and Development of Dissertation Topic: : Once students begin to develop their dissertation project, they are expected to take at least nine additional units related to that project. Students need to work with their Supervisory Committee to identify selectives that are most useful in completing their dissertation. A list of example selective courses is available on the program website.
  8. General examination
  9. Dissertation
  10. Final examination/dissertation defense