Core Competencies in Public Health Genetics

 The core competencies for each of the degree programs offered by the IPHG are described below. All of our programs are unique in that they include an interdisciplinary component and draw on the many outstanding Schools, Departments and programs at the University of Washington, while maintaining a public health focus.

M.S. in Genetic Epidemiology 

The Master of Science degree offers advanced training in Genetic Epidemiology with an emphasis on applied research skills to understand the etiology and prevention of complex diseases with genetic and environmental components. Completion of this degree prepares graduates for careers in academic institutions, health care delivery systems, public health departments, governmental agencies, and the private sector, particularly biotechnology. The core curriculum develops competencies in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics within the broader context of ethical, legal and social issues. The degree requires coursework in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, law, and bioethics. Upon completion, graduates will have been introduced to the research principles and methods that will enable them to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret genetic epidemiologic research. Successful completion requires a research-based master’s thesis.

Upon satisfactory completion of the MS in Genetic Epidemiology, graduates will be able to:

 

Learning Objective

Courses Code – Course Name (Primary or Reinforcement)

Meet the competencies for ALL MS students 

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Apply knowledge of inheritance to understanding the etiology of a variety of diseases and health conditions;

  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)
  • PHG 519 – Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology (P)

Describe the major genetic epidemiologic research study designs and their advantages and limitations and apply epidemiological and statistical approaches to the study of risk factors and diseases with a genetic component;

  • EPI 512 – Epidemiologic Methods I  (P)
  • EPI 513 – Epidemiologic Methods II (P)
  • BIOST 517/518 – Applied Biostatistics I/Applied Biostatistics II (P)
  • BIOST 518 – Applied Biostatistics II (P)
  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)

Design, conduct and analysis of genetic epidemiologic studies and interpretation of findings, including integration of findings from other genetic epidemiologic studies;

  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)
  • PHG 519 – Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 536 – Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis (P)

Describe the importance of evaluating interactions among genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their roles in health and disease;

  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)
  • EPI 573 – Methods and Issues in Using Biological Measurements in Epidemiologic Research (P)

Critically read and evaluate quantitative research findings contained in, genetics, medical and public health journals;

  • EPI 512 – Epidemiologic Methods I  (P)
  • EPI 513 – Epidemiologic Methods II (P)
  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)
  • GENOME 552 – Technologies for Genomic Analyses (P)

Write a research proposal including rationale for a specific genetic epidemiologic investigation, including a clear description of methods, and strengths and limitations of the proposed study;

  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)

 

Demonstrate proficiency in conducting statistical analysis of genetic epidemiologic data;

  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)
  • PHG 519 – Statistical Methods in Genetic Epidemiology (P)

Describe the legal, ethical and social issues that may be associated with the collection and application of genetic and genomic information;

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in PHG (P)

Describe the latest technologies and genomic advances used to investigate the role of genes in disease and normal variation of traits; and

  • GENOME 552 – Technologies for Genomic Analyses (P)
  • PHG 536 – Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis (P)

Communicate effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing, with colleagues within genetic epidemiology and from other disciplines.

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in PHG (P)
  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 518 – Application of Genetic Epidemiologic Methods (P)


 

MPH in Public Health Genetics

Core Competencies

The MPH degree provides broad interdisciplinary training in public health genetics and prepares graduates for careers in public health practice, governmental agencies, academic institutions, health care delivery systems and the private sector. The core curriculum develops competencies in genetic epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, and toxicogenomics, within the broader context of law, ethics, culture, and policy. The degree requires coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, health services, environmental health, law, and bioethics. Successful completion of the MPH requires a practicum, and a research-based master’s thesis.

Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Public Health Genetics, graduates will be able to:

LEARNING OBJECTIVE

COURSE CODE – COURSE NAME (Primary or Reinforcement)

Meet the competencies for ALL MPH students 

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Meet the core-area specific competencies for ALL MPH students

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Apply knowledge of inheritance and genomic advances, including cellular and molecular mechanisms and technical developments, to understanding the etiology of a variety of rare and common, complex diseases and health conditions;

  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)

Apply epidemiological and statistical approaches to the study of risk factors and diseases with a genetic component;

  • BIOST 511 – Medical Biometry I (P)

    (or BIOST 517- Applied Biostatistics I);

  • EPI 511 – Introduction to Epidemiology

    (or EPI 512/513 – Epidemiologic Methods I/Epidemiologic Methods II)

Identify interactions among genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their roles in health and disease;

  • PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)
  • PHG 513 – Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics (P)
  • ENVH 511 – Environmental and Occupational Health

Describe how genetic principles and genomic technologies apply to diagnosis, screening, and interventions for disease prevention and health promotion programs;

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 542 – Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health (P)
  • PHG 521 – Culture, Society, and Genomics (P)
  • PHG 580 – Public Health Genetics Seminar (P)

Identify the impact of genomics on the public health activities of assessment, policy development and assurance;

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 542 – Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health (P)

Apply methods to address ethical implications of the use of genetic information and technologies in public health;

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 522 – Ethical Frameworks in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 525 – Public Commentary on Ethical Issues in PHG (P)

Describe legal concepts and the role of the law in the development of policies relating to genetics and genomics; and identify legal implications of the application of genetics and genomic technologies in public health;

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 523 – Genetics and the Law (P)

Apply knowledge of key social science concepts in analysis of the political, social and cultural forces that influence the research and clinical application of genetics and genomic technology in public health; and

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 521 – Culture, Society, and Genomics (P)

 

Analyze the interaction and impact of market forces and public policy on the development and delivery of genetic services.

  • PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (P)
  • PHG 542 – Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health (P)
  • HSERV 510 – Society and Health (P) 
  • HSERV 511 – Introduction to Health Services and Public Health (P)

 

PhD in Public Health Genetics

The doctoral program in Public Health Genetics offers interdisciplinary training for careers in academic institutions, health care delivery systems, public health departments, government agencies, and the private sector. Training takes place through a combination of didactic courses, seminars, and research participation. The interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares graduates to address scientific and policy questions from multiple perspectives. The PhD program involves fundamental areas of study in human genetics and public health along with core knowledge areas of Genomics in Public Health and Implications of Genetics for Society. Students first undertake coursework and a preliminary examination covering the fundamental areas of study and the core knowledge areas. Then, students develop their dissertation project, an original research endeavor focused on one primary and another secondary core knowledge area. A general and a final examination are required to complete the degree.

Upon satisfactory completion of a PhD in Public Health Genetics, graduates will be able to:

Learning Objective

Courses Code – Course Name (Primary or Reinforcement)

Meet the competencies for ALL PhD Students

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Meet the competencies for MS in Public Health Genetics

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Apply knowledge of inheritance and genomic advances, including cellular and molecular mechanisms and technical developments, to understanding the etiology of a variety of rare and common, complex diseases and health conditions;

PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)

PHG 513 – Pharmacogenetics and Toxivogenomics (P)

Apply epidemiological and statistical approaches to the study of risk factors and diseases with a genetic component;

 

EPI 511 – Introduction to Epidemiology (P)

BIOST 511/512/513 – Medical Biometry I/Medical Biometry II/Medical Biometry III (P)

Identify interactions among genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their roles in health and disease;

PHG 511 – Genetic Epidemiology (P)

PHG 513 – Pharmacogenetics and Toxivogenomics (P)

ENVH 511 – Environmental and Occupational Health (P)

Discuss how genetic principles and genomic technologies apply to diagnosis, screening, and interventions for disease prevention and health promotion programs;

PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, Social Issues in PHG (P)

PHG 551 – Human Genomics:  Science, Ethics, & Society

PHG 580 – PHG Seminar (P)
PHG 542 – Genetic Discovery in Medicine & Public Health (P)

Identify the impact of genomics on the public health activities of assessment, policy development and assurance;

PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, Social Issues in PHG (P)

PHG 542 – Genetic Discovery in Medicine & Public Health (P)

 

Apply methods to address ethical implications of the use of genetic information and technologies in public health;

PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, Social Issues in PHG (P)

PHG 522 – Ethical Frameworks in PHG (P)

(or PHG 525 – Public Commentary on Ethical Issues in PHG (P))

Discuss legal concepts and the role of the law in the development of policies relating to genetics and genomics; and identify legal implications of the application of genetics and genomic technologies in public health;

PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, Social Issues in PHG (P)

PHG 523 – Genetics and the Law (P)

Apply knowledge of key social science concepts in analysis of the political, social and cultural forces that influence the research and clinical application of genetics and genomic technology in public health; and

PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, Social Issues in PHG (P)

PHG 521 – Culture, Society, and Genomics (P)

Analyze the interaction and impact of market forces and public policy on the development and delivery of genetic services.

PHG 512 – Legal, Ethical, Social Issues in PHG (P)

HSERV 511 – Introduction to Health Services and Public Health (P)