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MS in Genetic Epidemiology

The Master of Science degree offers advanced training in Genetic Epidemiology with an emphasis on quantitative and computational 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.


Interdisciplinary Curriculum. MS curriculum involves coursework in a range of subjects, including genetics, epidemiology, and biostatistics coursework and culminates in a thesis.

Faculty. Work with our core, interdisciplinary, and clinical faculty who are recognized as national and international experts in the areas of epidemiology, food systems, health policy, program planning and evaluation, dietetics, and public health genetics.

Top-ranked School of Public Health. The program’s location within an accredited School of Public Health lends a systems perspective to our curriculum and teaching philosophy and supports strong linkages with state and local public health agencies and programs.