Public Health Genetics 

Over the past decade, dramatic advances in genomics have paved the way for a fuller understanding of the impact of genetic and environmental factors on human and population health. Such capabilities must however, be put into scientific, ethical, cultural, legal and policy context in order to realize the goal of improving population health. Through its research and training programs the Institute for Public Health Genetics (IPHG) provides the context for these discoveries and also equips graduates to tackle the complex ethical, legal, policy and social issues that are required to fully realize the benefits of these advances on population health. Our faculty and graduates are working locally, nationally and globally to ensure that health benefits from genomic knowledge are maximized and harms are minimized.

Undergraduate Course Offerings

The IPHG has been a pioneer in interdisciplinary education at the graduate level, and we are excited to offer two undergraduate courses to UW students.   PHG 300 (Implications for the Modern World) and PHG 301 (Genetic Epidemiology), provide an overview of the field of Public Health Genomics, and an introduction to Genetic Epidemiology, respectively. There are no pre-requisites for these courses, and both fulfill the Individuals & Society and Natural World requirements for UW undergraduates.


Graduate Programs

Over the past 15 years, the IPHG faculty has established a vital and highly regarded graduate training program that remains the only one of its kind. We offer four unique interdisciplinary graduate degrees: Ph.D. and MPH in Public Health Genetics (PHG), an MS in Genetic Epidemiology, and a concurrent JD/MPH in PHG. Students enrolled in other UW graduate programs can earn a Graduate Certificate in PHG. Each of these programs has served as the standard in integrating scientific advancements with a broader interdisciplinary dialogue.

All IPHG degree programs emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to using genomic advances to improve population health. Graduates of the program will have a unique set of skills that qualifies them for a range of career options, including employment in academia, government, industry, and not-for-profit organizations.  To find out more or apply to our programs please browse our website or contact us for more information phgen@uw.edu.

Public Health Genetics Research

A new fund was announced in November 2012, and made possible by a generous gift from former UW SPH Dean, Gilbert Omenn, MD, Ph.D, and his wife, Martha Darling. The gift will be used to fund interdisciplinary research on  interactions between genetic and environmental factors, and at the same time addressing the ethical, legal and social issues that are required to translate research findings into actionable steps to improve population health.

Spring 2013
Graduate Course Offerings 

PHG 511: Genetic Epidemiology
PHG 518: Computer Applications in Genetic Epidemiology
PHG 521: Culture, Society, and Genomics
PHG 523: Genetics and the Law
PHG 536: Bioinformatics and Gene Sequence Analysis

Application Deadline Fall 2014

Our Application Deadline for all programs is January 10th. All applications must be submitted by this date to be considered for admission into the program for the academic year starting September 2014.

WINTER 2013 General Ed. Undergraduate Course Offering 

PHG 301 -- Public Health Genomics: Introduction to Genetic Epidemiology This course will survey a wide range of approaches for investigating the genetic and environmental causes of disease, and provide examples of how genetic epidemiologic research findings can be used in public health and clinical practice to improve the health of individuals and populations. More...
3 credits, Mon & Wed 3:30-4:50, Winter 2013