Ph.D. Fundamental Areas of Study

The fundamental areas of study for the Ph.D. in Public Health Genetics are human genetics and public health.

Human genetics includes molecular biology, genomics, and bioinformatics tools related to genetics. Public health includes epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services. All students in the program will be expected to have training in these areas as a basis for their more focused study in the core knowledge areas.

Students will be required to take at least 17 course units in the fundamental areas during their first two years.

HG = Human Genetics; PH = Public Health

Required Courses

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionQuarter OfferedCourse websiteFund. area of studyCredits
PHG 551 Human Genomics: Science, Ethics, and Society Autumn   HG 4
OR
GENOME 565 Advanced Human Genetics Winter   HG 4
EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology Autumn Website PH 4
OR
EPI 512/513 Epidemiologic Methods I & II Autumn Winter Website PH 8
BIOST 511 Medical Biometry I Autumn   PH 4
OR
BIOST 517 Applied Biostatistics I Autumn   PH 4
ENVH 511 Environmental and Occupational Health Winter Website PH 3
HSERV 511 Introduction to Health Services and Public Health Autumn   PH 3 - 4

 

Recommended Courses

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionQuarter OfferedCourse websiteFund. area of studyCredits
GENOME 552 Technologies for Genome Analysis Prerequisites: GENOME 551 & GENOME 559 Autumn   HG 1.5
PHG 536 Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis Spring Website HG 3
BIOST 512/513 Medical Biometry II & III Winter Spring   PH 8
BIOST 518 Applied Biostatistics II Spring   PH 4


Writing Proficiency

Ph.D. students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in written communication for a multidisciplinary audience. Students who require additional training in this competency may be required to complete a three-credit course in Human Centered Design and Engineering, HCDE 509, "Writing the Scientific Article".