The Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics is available to students already enrolled in any other University of Washington graduate degree program.

The program provides training in three primary areas of public health genetics:

  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Ethical, legal, and social issues in genetics

Students who complete the program will receive the Certificate from the Institute for Public Health Genetics. The Certificate will be acknowledged on the student's official UW transcript.


The following courses are required for the Certificate:

Course Course name / Link to catalog description Credits
PHG 511 Genetic Epidemiology
Prerequisites: GENOME 371 or equivalent; AND EPI 511 or equivalent; AND BIOST 511 or equivalent
PHG 512 Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics 3
PHG 513 Basic Concepts in Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics
Prerequisite: GENOME 372 or equivalent
PHG 580 PHG Interactive Seminar
1 credit/quarter (required for 3 quarters)

PHG 511, 512, and 513 must be taken for a grade. PHG 580 is taken on a credit/no-credit basis.

Prerequisites include coursework in genetics, genomics, epidemiology and biostatistics.

In addition to these required courses, students are highly encouraged to take other PHG courses as electives. For a full list of the core PHG courses, please see Curriculum Overview.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Applications for the certificate program are reviewed monthly Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters.

To submit an application, please send the following materials by email to phgadmit@uw.edu:

For additional information, contact the IPHG Curriculum Coordinator at phgadmit@uw.edu.