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

Course Course name / Link to catalog description Quarter Offered Fund. area of study Credits
EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology  AUT Public Health Core 4
OR        
EPI 512/513 Epidemiologic Methods  AUT / WIN Public Health Core 8
BIOST 508 Biostatistical Reasoning for the Health Sciences WIN Public Health Core 4
OR        
BIOST 511 Medical Biometry AUT Public Health Core 4
OR        
BIOST 517 Applied Biostatistics   Public Health Core 4
ENV H 511 Environmental and Occupational Health SPR Public Health Core 3
OR        
ENV H 570 Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology   Public Health Core 3
HSERV 510 Social and Behavioral Sciences in Health Program Planning and Implementation  AUT Public Health Core 3
OR        
HSERV 511 Instroduction to Health Services and Public Health WIN Public Health Core 3
         
PHG 511 Genetic Epidemiology   Genomics Core 3
PHG 513 Basic Concepts in Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics WIN Genomics Core 3
PHG 551 Human Genomics: Science, Ethics, and Society   Genomics Core 4
OR        
GENOME 565 Advanced Human Genetics   Genomics Core 4
         
PHG 512 Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics AUT Implications of Genetics for Society Core 3
PHG 521 Culture, Society, and Genomics SPR Implications of Genetics for Society Core 3
PHG 523 Genetics and the Law SPR Implications of Genetics for Society Core 3
         

Other Required Courses

Course Course name / Link to catalog description Quarter Offered Fund. area of study Credits
Electives       12
PHG 580 PHG Seminar     6 (Minimum)
PHG 800 Doctoral Dissertation     27 (Minimum)
         

Recommended Courses

Course Course name / Link to catalog description Quarter Offered Fund. area of study Credits
GENOME 552 Technologies for Genome Analysis Prerequisites: GENOME 551 & GENOME 559 AUT HG 1.5
PHG 536 Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis SPR HG 3
BIOST 512/513 Medical Biometry II & III WIN / SPR PH 8
BIOST 518 Applied Biostatistics II WIN 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".