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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  May 20, 2022
 
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Human Genetics, MS


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The Master of Science program in human genetics prepares students for careers as contributing members of genetics and genomics research teams in academia or industry. Graduates of the program often go on to PhD level study and become independent scientists. The flexible curriculum provides a broad background in the field while allowing customized emphasis on laboratory genetics or genetic data analysis. In addition to core coursework and advanced classes in a chosen area of concentration, MS students pursue mentored research projects culminating in the production and defense of a thesis. The Master of Science program is accredited by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

MS Program Requirements


COMPETENCIES

The goal of the Master of Science program is to prepare students for careers as contributing members of genetics and genomics research teams in academia or industry. Toward this end, students will gain proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to begin a career as a scientist. These educational goals are organized into six MS program competencies. After successful completion of the Master of Science program, students will be able to:

Describe basic genetic mechanisms and how they affect proteins, chromosomes, cells, individuals, and populations of organisms in normal and disease states

Describe mechanisms by which genes and the environment interact to affect the distribution of health and disease in human populations

Demonstrate familiarity with a broad range of molecular, clinical, and analytical methodologies for genetic studies, and demonstrate mastery of a subset of methods

Analyze published research in human genetics

Use their in-depth experience with a specific research project in genetics to generate and test research hypotheses, design experiments, analyze data, and interpret research results

Summarize and present a research project orally and in writing

COURSEWORK

Coursework for MS students is typically undertaken during the first year in the program, although advanced courses may be taken in the second year. All MS students will complete the core Human Genetics courses as well as the core Public Health curriculum. Advanced courses offered through Human Genetics and other departments will provide students instruction in their chosen area of concentration. Certificate programs offered through the Graduate School of Public Health can be pursued to further customize the education of MS students.

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