Ph.D. Core Knowledge Areas: Selectives

By the end of the second year of the program, it is anticipated that each student will begin to focus on a research project that will form the basis of his or her dissertation. By this time, students will have a broad background in the core knowledge areas of PHG, and will have identified specific research areas that are of particular interest. Students will be expected to select one of the core knowledge areas for their primary area research, with the other core knowledge area being a secondary area or research.

Once the research project begins to develop, students will be expected to take at least 9 additional units of selective courses related to his/her dissertation project. Although a list of example courses, available in a variety of departments at the UW, is listed below, the course of study from this point on will be individualized. The student needs to work with his/his dissertation supervisory committee to identify the 9 units of selectives that will be the most useful in completing his/her dissertation project. That is, the final selection of electives must be approved by the student's Dissertation Supervisory Committee. Ph.D. students may use the S/NS grading mechanism for selective courses.

Ph.D. students may use the S/NS grading option for selective courses.

The following list of example courses also appears in the Ph.D. Guidelines (Part 1) document.


Examples of Courses for Core Knowledge Area A Selectives: Genomics in Public Health

Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionCourse websiteCredits
PHG 518 / EPI 518 Computer Demonstrations in Genetic Epidemiology Website 2-4
PHG 519 Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology 3
PHG 536 Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis 3
EPI 507 HIV and STIs in Women and Children 3
EPI 512 Epidemiologic Methods I Prerequisite: prior or concurrent enrollment in BIOST 511 or equivalent 4
EPI 513 Epidemiologic Methods II Prerequisites: EPI 512 4
EPI 519 Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Disease 3
EPI 520 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases 3
EPI 524 Epidemiologic Studies of Cancer Etiology and Prevention 3-4
EPI 530 AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach 2
EPI 536 Categorical Data Analysis in Epidemiology 4
EPI 537 Survival Data Analysis in Epidemiology 4
EPI 538 Nutritional Epidemiology 3
EPI 540 Introduction to Cancer Biology 3
EPI 570 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology 3
EPI 571 Neuroepidemiology and Environmental Risk Factors 3
EPI 573 Methods and Issues in Using Biological Measurements in Epidemiologic Research 3
EPI 588 Preparing and Writing Research Proposals 2
EPI 590 Selected Topics in Epidemiology or International Health 1-6
BIOST 550/STAT 550 Statistical Genetics I: Mendelian Traits 3
BIOST 551/STAT 551 Statistical Genetics II: Quantitative Traits 3
BIOST 552/STAT 552 Statistical Genetics III: Design and Analysis 3
GENOME 453 Genetics of the Evolutionary Process 3
GENOME 466 Cancer Genetics 3
GENOME 550 Methods and Logic in Genetics 3
GENOME 552 Technologies for Genome Analysis 1.5
GENOME 553 Advanced Genetic Analysis 1.5
PATH 516 Molecular Basis of Human Genetic Disease 3
BIO A 482 Human Population Genetics 5
HSERV 521 Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research 3

Ecogenetics and Pharmacogenomics

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionCourse websiteCredits
ENVH 514 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology I 3
ENVH 515 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology II 3
ENVH 516 Environmental and Occupational Toxicology III 3
ENVH 567 Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis 2
ENVH 577 Risk Assessment for Environmental Health Hazards 3-4
MEDCH 527 Drug Metabolism 4
PCEUT 502 Pharmacokinetics of Drug Metabolism 4

Clinical Aspects of Genomics

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionCourse websiteCredits
B H 548 Introduction to Clinical Ethics 3
MED 547 Quantitative Methods in Medical Genetics 2
MED 549 Clinical Medical Genetics 1


Examples of Courses for Core Knowledge Area B Selectives: Implications of Genetics for Society

Ethics & Social Science

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionCourse websiteCredits
B H 552 Advanced Qualitative Methods; 5
HSERV 521 Qualitative Methods in Health Services Research; 5
HSERV 526 Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health; 5
NMETH 582 Interpretative Methods in Nursing Research; 5
NMETH 583 Interpretative Methods in Nursing Research; 5
SOC W 506 Social Welfare Research and Evaluation; 5
EDLPS 544 Comparative Education: Introduction to Concepts and Methods Website 3
ANTH 474 Social Difference and Medical Knowledge 5
ANTH 475 Perspectives in Medical Anthropology 5
EPI 586 Responsible Conduct of International Research 3
HSERV 510 Society and Health 3
B H 402 Ethical Theory 5
B H 548 Methods in Clinical Ethics 5
B H 552 Advanced Qualitative Methods 5
B H 474 Justice in Health Care 5
PB AF 506 Ethics and Public Policy 3

Law & Policy

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionCourse websiteCredits
HSERV 514 U.S. Health and Health Care: Health Policy Research 3
HSERV 551 Public Health Law 2
HSERV 552 Health Policy Development 3
LAW H 502 Medical Malpractice 3-4
LAW H 506 International Bioethics, Social Justice and Health Seminar 1
LAW H 570 Bio-entrepreneurship and the Law 3
POL S 575 Public Policy Processes 5
SOC W 589 Social Work Practice with Families 3
PB AF 516 Economics for Policy Analysis and Management 4
PB AF 518 Applied Cost Benefit Analysis 3
PB AF 585 Topics in Science, Technology, and Public Policy 3

Health Economics & Outcomes Research

CourseCourse name / Link to catalog descriptionCourse websiteCredits
PHARM 534/HSERV 583 Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine 3
HSMGMT 514 Health Economics 3
HSERV 523 Advanced Health Services Research Methods I 4
HSERV 575 Cancer Prevention and Control 3
HSERV 583 Economic Evaluation in Health and Medicine 3
HSERV 584 Assessing Outcomes in Health and Medicine 3
HSERV 590 Selected Topics in Health Services