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Ph.D. in Public Health Genetics

The doctoral program in Public Health Genetics offers interdisciplinary training for careers in academic institutions, health care delivery systems, public health departments, government agencies, and the private sector. The interdisciplinary nature of the program prepares graduates to address scientific and policy questions from multiple perspectives. The PhD program involves fundamental areas of study in human genetics and public health along with core knowledge areas of Genomics in Public Health and Implications of Genetics for Society.


Core Knowledge Areas. The PHD program is organized around two Fundamental Areas of Study: human genetics and public health; and two Core Knowledge Areas: genomics in public health and implications of genetics for society.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum. PhD curriculum involves coursework in a range of subjects, including genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, law and bioethics and humanities coursework. Students take a Preliminary Exam after the first two years of coursework; a general exam, also known as proposal defense, typically in years three or four; and a final exam, or dissertation defense, typically in year five or six.

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.