The Ph.D. in Human Genetics is for students interested in training in scientific research in one of the several areas of focus within the Department. Understanding basic mechanisms is stressed for the unanticipated as well as expected benefits this knowledge will extend to human life.
Topics of focus include gene regulation and replication, genome organization, developmental genetics, complex trait analysis, population and quantitative genetics, disease gene identification and molecular mechanisms of disease.
Students apply to the Ph.D. program through the Program in Biomedical Sciences, except for students pursuing combined M.D. and Ph.D. degrees (Medical Scientist Training Program). After completion of required coursework, the doctoral dissertation is completed generally within 5 years of graduate study.