The Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics provides graduate students in any other University of Washington graduate degree program an opportunity to get training in the field of Public Health Genetics through a transcripted curriculum.

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 name / Link to catalog description


PHG 511

Genetic Epidemiology


PHG 512

Legal, Ethical, and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics



Basic Concepts in Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics


PHG 580

PHG Interactive Seminar

3 (1 cr/qtr)

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 the Courses page.

Admission to the Certificate Program

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

To submit an application:

For additional information, contact the IPHG Program Coordinator at