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Public Health Genetics

F363 Health Sciences Building

Program Overview

Health Sciences Building, H wing, room 655, office D
Box 357232

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

The UW's Institute for Public Health Genetics (IPHG), alone among U.S. universities, offers graduate degrees at both the master's and PhD levels.

IPHG provides broad, interdisciplinary training for future public health professionals, facilitates research in public health genetics, and serves as a resource for continuing professional education.

Graduate Program

Graduate Program Coordinator
HSB 655, Box 357232
206-616-9286
phginfo@uw.edu

Master of Science, Genetic Epidemiology

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 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. 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
  1. Required Courses: PHG 511/EPI 517, PHG 519 or BIOST 551, STAT 550/BIOST 550, EPI 573/ENV H 571, EPI 512, EPI 513, BIOST 517, BIOST 518, PHG 536 or GENOME 559, GENOME 552, PHG 512, PHG 527/B H 527, PHG 580 (44.5 credits)
  2. Elective Courses: Excludes 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

Focuses on 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

Same as for Master of Science, Genetic Epidemiology, shown above

Degree Requirements

63 credits
  1. Required Courses: (38 credits): EPI 511, BIOST 508 or BIOST 511, HSERV 511, ENV H 511, HSERV 510 or GH 531/EPI 539, PHG 511, PHG 512, PHG 513, PHG 521 or PHG 527, PHG 523, PHG 580
  2. Electives (13 credits): may combine approved elective courses
  3. Master's Practicum (3 credits minimum): PHG 595
  4. Thesis (9 credits minimum): PHG 700

Doctor of Philosophy

Focuses on 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

Same as for Master of Science, Genetic Epidemiology, shown above

Degree Requirements

90 credits minimum
  1. Required Courses: EPI 511 or EPI 512 and EPI 513; BIOST 508 or BIOST 511 or BIOST 517; ENV H 511 or ENV H 570; HSERV 510 or GH 531/EPI 539 or HSERV 511; PHG 511, PHG 513; PHG 551 or GENOME 565; PHG 512, PHG 521 or PHG 527; PHG 523, PHG 580 (36-40 credits)
  2. Recommended Courses: GENOME 552, PHG 536, BIOST 512/BIOST 513, BIOST 518 (16.5 credits)
  3. Electives:(minimum 21 credits)
  4. PHG 580: Required each quarter until preliminary examination is passed (minimum 6 quarters; minimum 6 credits)
  5. Preliminary Examination: usually taken at end of second year
  6. Selective Courses for Core Knowledge Areas and Development of Dissertation Topic: minimum 9 additional credits related to dissertation. Additional writing courses may be required. See list of example courses available on program website.
  7. General Examination
  8. Dissertation: PHG 800 (minimum 27 credits)
  9. Final examination/dissertation defense

Certificate in Public Health Genetics

Available to students already enrolled in any other UW graduate degree program, the certificate provides training in three primary areas of public health genetics: Genetic Epidemiology; Pharmacogenomics; Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Genetics.

Admission Requirements

  1. Completed application form
  2. Typed statement of purpose (maximum one page)
  3. Current UW graduate school transcripts

Certificate Requirements

12 credits

  1. PHG 511, PHG 512, PHG 513, PHG 580 (12 credits)
  2. PHG 580 taken a minimum three quarters
  3. Electives: Students are encouraged to take other PHG courses

JD/MPH in Public Health Genetics

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the JD program before requesting admission to the MPH degree program

Degree Requirements

Same courses as described above for the MPH in Public Health Genetics