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MPH in Public Health Genetics

The MPH degree provides broad interdisciplinary training in public health genetics and prepares graduates for careers in public health practice, governmental agencies, academic institutions, health care delivery systems and the private sector. The core curriculum develops competencies in genetic epidemiology, pharmacogenetics, and toxicogenomics, within the broader context of law, ethics, culture, and policy. The degree requires coursework in epidemiology, biostatistics, genetic epidemiology, health services, environmental health, law, and bioethics. Successful completion of the MPH requires a practicum, and a research-based master's thesis.

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The degree is also appropriate for individuals who possess an MD, RN, DVM, DDS, PhD, or JD degree that seek a career in public health practice or academia.

Concurrent Option:   MPH/JD

Application Deadline:  MS/MPH admissions is open for 2017-18 (applications deadline: January 1, 2017)

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Upon satisfactory completion of the MPH in Public Health Genetics, graduates will be able to:

Competency in “Genomics in Public Health” (Core Knowledge Area A):

  • Apply knowledge of inheritance and genomic advances, including cellular and molecular mechanisms and technical developments, to understanding the etiology of a variety of rare and common, complex diseases and health conditions;
  • Apply epidemiological and statistical approaches to the study of risk factors and diseases with a genetic component;
  • Identify interactions among genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their roles in health and disease;
  • Describe how genetic principles and genomic technologies apply to diagnosis, screening, and interventions for disease prevention and health promotion programs;

Competency in “Implications of Genetics for Society” (Core Knowledge Area B):

  • Identify the impact of genomics on the public health activities of assessment, policy development and assurance;
  • Apply methods to address ethical implications of the use of genetic information and technologies in public health;
  • Describe legal concepts and the role of the law in the development of policies relating to genetics and genomics; and identify legal implications of the application of genetics and genomic technologies in public health;
  • Apply knowledge of key social science concepts in analysis of the political, social and cultural forces that influence the research and clinical application of genetics and genomic technology in public health;
  • Analyze the interaction and impact of market forces and public policy on the development and delivery of genetic services.