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PhD Genetic Epidemiology

 Course Level
Full Time

5 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

42000 USD
34600 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)76
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GRE (avg)320

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About this course

Public Health Genetics is an emerging, interdisciplinary field that applies the rapid advances in human genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics to improve public health and prevent disease on a population basis. Training focuses on two core knowledge areas: genomics in public health (genetic and molecular epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, clinical aspects of genomics) and implications of genetics for society (ethics and social science, law and policy, health economics, and outcomes research).

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Statement of purpose.
  • Official sealed transcripts, including courses, grades, and degrees from all institutions attended after secondary school.
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Required for all applicants, except those who hold a U.S. doctorate (neither the MCAT nor ECFMG are acceptable substitutes for the GRE).
  • International applicants: official TOEFL scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors, supervisors, or others who know the applicant's work reasonably well. At least two letters should be academic references.
  • A recent copy of the applicant's resume or curriculum vitae.

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Course Modules

90 credits minimum, to include:
Additional writing courses may be required. Students should consult their faculty adviser.
Human Genetics: required -- PHG 551 or GENOME 565 (4); highly recommended -- GENOME 552 (1.5), PHG 536 (3)
Public Health: required -- EPI 511 (4); BIOST 511 (4) or BIOST 517 (4); ENV H 511 (3); HSERV 511 (3)
Core Knowledge Areas
Genomics in Public Health: PHG 511 (3), PHG 513 (3), PHG 542 (3), PHG 580 (1)
Implications of Genetics for Society: PHG 512 (3), PHG 521 (3), PHG 522 (3) or PHG 523 (3), PHG 525 (3)
PHG 580 is required each quarter for all PhD students until they pass the preliminary examination.
Preliminary Examination: Following completion of required courses, usually taken at the end of the second year of study.
Selective Courses for Core Knowledge Areas and Development of Dissertation Topic: : Once students begin to develop their dissertation project, they are expected to take at least nine additional units related to that project. Students need to work with their Supervisory Committee to identify selectives that are most useful in completing their dissertation. A list of example selective courses is available on the program website.
General examination
Final examination/dissertation defense

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How to Apply

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil), or a professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution.2 
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

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