Overview of the IPHG Programs

The promise of revolutionary advances in medicine, public health, pharmacology, nursing, and other fields of application brought about by the development and constant improvement of sequencing technologies has aided in our understanding of the genetic influences on diseases of public health importance. At the same time, these discoveries bring attention to the urgent need for educating professionals, especially educators and public health practitioners, in the implications of translating these advances to clinical and public health practice

To meet this need, our graduate-level program is effective in integrating numerous disciplines and approaches. Students are trained in how to confront the interrelated medical, public health, economic, social, and ethical questions of the future. A growing consensus is emerging around a number of core competencies that public health professionals need to have if they are to function successfully as the application of genomic knowledge accelerates.

Institute for Public Health Genetics graduate degree programs prepare students for careers in which they will apply a knowledge of genetic advances to public health. Our degree programs emphasize the application of advances in human genetics and genomic sciences to improve public health and prevent disease. The interdisciplinary program provides rigorous training in Fundamental Areas of Study (human genetics and public health) and two Core Knowledge Areas: Genomics in Public Health (genetic epidemiology, ecogenetics, and pharmacogenetics) and Implications of Genetics for Society (ethics & social science, law & policy, and health economics & outcomes research).