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2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 22, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

Human Genetics, PhD

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The Doctoral Program in Human Genetics prepares students for careers leading genetics and genomics research in academia or industry. The flexible curriculum provides a broad background in the field while allowing customized emphasis on molecular genetics/genomics, statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology, or genetic counseling. Typically four to ten doctoral students are admitted each year, including external applicants and internal applicants currently pursuing Master’s degrees within the department. In addition to core coursework and advanced classes in a chosen area of interest, doctoral students pursue mentored research projects culminating in the production and defense of a dissertation.

HUGEN Elective Courses

Students must complete one of the following electives. In situations where a student’s special interests or needs indicate an alternative course is more appropriate, it may be substituted for an elective course with the permission of the student’s academic advisor.

Additional Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students are expected to select, in consultation with their academic and research advisors, additional courses appropriate for their areas of concentration. In addition, a student’s Dissertation Committee may require that a student register for elective courses within or outside the Department of Human Genetics to gain knowledge in an area relevant to the student’s area of concentration. Furthermore, students who are not fluent in English are strongly recommended to take a University course in conversational English.

Total Credits: 72

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