Undergraduate Courses


The IPHG does not offer an undergraduate degree but we do offer three undergraduate courses. The courses are designed to develop an understanding of the framework applicable to genomics in public health and also to identify the broader implications of applying genomic knowledge in public health practice.

All three courses meet undergraduate General Education "Areas of Knowledge" course requirements for "Individuals & Society" and "The Natural World".


Two courses, PHG 200 and PHG 301, provide an introduction to the field of Public Health Genomics and fundamental concepts in Genetic Epidemiology. PHG 200 Public Health Genomics: Implications for the Modern World is offered every Fall and PHG 301 Public Health Genomics: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology is offered every Winter. There are no pre-requisites required to take either course.

PHG 302 introduces the field of forensic genetics through discussion of genetic and statistical issues emerging since the introduction of DNA profiling. Students develop the skills to interpret the evidence of matching genetic profiles, to perform calculations relevant for parentage determination and the identification of remains, and to consider the implications of familial searching of DNA databases. Offered Spring quarter. Prerequisite: any one of BIOST 310, STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, QSCI 381, or QMETH 201.