Curriculum Requirements

Biomedical Science Core
PIB 700Journal Club2
PIB 701Introduction to Biomedical Sciences5
PIB 702Scientific Reasoning3
PIB 705Biostatistics for the Biosciences3
PIB 731Laboratory Research1-5
PIB 780Research Ethics1
PIB 782Professional Development: Skills for Success I1
PIB 783Professional Development: Skills for Success II1
PIB 785PIBS Bioinformatics Workshop1
PIB 830Doctoral Dissertation1
Human Genetics & Genomics Required Courses
HGG 601Seminar/Journal Club 17-14
HGG 630Variation and Disease ((taken during PIBS year))2
HGG 631Genes in Populations3
HGG 640Family Studies and Genetic Analysis ((taken during PIBS year))2
HGG 660Bioinformatics Theory and Practice3
HGG 680Genome Ethics and Public Policy3
HGG 681Human Genetics Clinical Rotation1
HGG 689Human Genetics and Genomics Teaching Practicum1
Computational / Molecular Track Course Requirements 23-6
Design and Analysis of Human Genomic Studies 3
Biostatistics II 3
Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics 4
Research Credits18-24
Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy.
Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy
Research in Residence
Total Credit Hours62-82
1

HGG 601 is required for all HGG students - 1 semester credit each fall and spring semester. 

2

All students must complete course requirements for either Computational or Molecular track. 

3

HGG 621 / EPH 602: Required for Computational Track students only (may be taken as elective otherwise). 

4

 HGG 650: Required for Molecular Track students only (may be taken as elective otherwise)..

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The molecular track requires a minimum of 62 credits. The computational track requires a minimum of 65 credits.

Program Plan

The PhD in Human Genetics and Genomics (HGG) curriculum allows candidates to pursue a track in molecular or computational genetics by their second year of training; however, all students complete a core curriculum in the first three years of graduate study. Students will also participate in seminars and journal clubs in the fall and spring semesters, through all years of study.

First-year students interested in Human Genetics and Genomics are strongly encouraged to take two introductory HGG short courses in the spring semester: HGG 630 – Variation and Disease and HGG 640 – Family Studies and Genetic Analysis which are requirements for completing the HGG degree. Courses in computational / quantitative skills, including biostatistics and bioinformatics will also form part of the first year PIBS curriculum. Each PIBS student completes at least three lab rotations of nine weeks each and chooses a dissertation laboratory (and graduate program) during the latter half of the spring semester.  If necessary a fourth rotation may be possible, and in this case a laboratory choice may be deferred until June. All first year students will make short presentations to a group of faculty after each lab rotation. For these presentations the students will be divided into four groups with related research interests.

After choosing a mentor and laboratory at the end of the first year, a student becomes a member of the HGG Program. Students select and follow a track in molecular genetics or computational genetics in the first semester of year 2.  At this point course requirements differ slightly between these two paths:  Students in the molecular genetics track take Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics (HGG 650) in the second semester, while the computational genetics track students take a second course in biostatistics (EPH 602) and a course in genetic epidemiology (HGG 621).

In addition to the required core courses, all students participate in a clinical rotation and serve one semester as a teaching assistant for a core course in the fourth or fifth year of study.

It is expected that on average, students will complete the program in five years.  Please review the complete course descriptions on the COURSE tab above.  The general core curriculum is shown in the Plan of Study below:

Plan of Study - Molecular Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
PIB 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5
PIB 702 Scientific Reasoning 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research (1 credit per lab rotation) 2
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 780 Research Ethics 1
PIB 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1
 Credit Hours13
Spring
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 705 Biostatistics for the Biosciences 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 1-2
PIB 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1
HGG 630 Variation and Disease (HGG program short course - Spring I) 2
HGG 640 Family Studies and Genetic Analysis (HGG program short course - Spring II) 2
 Credit Hours10-11
Summer
PIB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Two
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 631 Genes in Populations 3
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours5
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 650 Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics (Molecular Track Requirement) 3
HGG 660 Bioinformatics Theory and Practice 3
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours8
Summer
HGG 680 Genome Ethics and Public Policy 3
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours4
Year Three
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours2
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 1
 Credit Hours2
Summer
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Four
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 681 Human Genetics Clinical Rotation (Can be taken in Fall or Spring - Year 4 or 5) 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 689 Human Genetics and Genomics Teaching Practicum (Can be taken in Fall or Spring - Year 4 or 5) 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Five
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
HGG 850 Research in Residence (Final Semester) 1
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours62-63

Plan of Study - Computational Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
PIB 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5
PIB 702 Scientific Reasoning 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research (1 credit per lab rotation) 2
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 780 Research Ethics 1
PIB 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1
 Credit Hours13
Spring
PIB 700 Journal Club 1
PIB 705 Biostatistics for the Biosciences 3
PIB 731 Laboratory Research 1-2
PIB 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1
HGG 630 Variation and Disease (HGG program short course - Spring I) 2
HGG 640 Family Studies and Genetic Analysis (HGG program short course - Spring II) 2
 Credit Hours10-11
Summer
PIB 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Two
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 621 Design and Analysis of Human Genomic Studies (Computational Track Requirement) 3
HGG 631 Genes in Populations 3
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours8
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 660 Bioinformatics Theory and Practice 3
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
EPH 602 Biostatistics II (Computational Track Requirement) 3
 Credit Hours8
Summer
HGG 680 Genome Ethics and Public Policy 3
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours4
Year Three
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation- Pre Candidacy. 1
 Credit Hours2
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 1
 Credit Hours2
Summer
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Four
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 681 Human Genetics Clinical Rotation (Can be taken in Fall or Spring - Year 4 or 5) 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 689 Human Genetics and Genomics Teaching Practicum (Can be taken in Fall or Spring - Year 4 or 5) 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours4
Summer
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 1
 Credit Hours1
Year Five
Fall
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
 Credit Hours3
Spring
HGG 601 Seminar/Journal Club 1
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation - Post Candidacy 2
HGG 850 Research in Residence (Final Semester) 1
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours65-66