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Master of Public Health in Public Health Genetics

This MPH program integrates genetics and the public health science disciplines of epidemiology, pathobiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health services research, with ethics, social sciences, public affairs, economics and law. Public health genetics focuses on phenotypic disease prevention in populations, not just individual patients and their families. It addresses society's legal, ethical, financial, regulatory, and organizational responsibilities in offering genetic services, and devising environmental and occupational interventions to prevent disease in populations.


  • 47 credits, including a minimum of 37 credits of coursework in human genetics and the core public health disciplines
  • 200-hour practicum
  • Final essay (involving data analysis)
  • Graduates are required to meet all MPH Public Health Competencies


Recent graduates hold the following positions:
  • GS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspective Service, Washington, D.C.
  • Fellow, National Cancer Institute, Washington, D.C.
  • AmeriCorps, North Florida Health Corps

Graduates also pursue doctoral study, medical school, or other degrees.

Recent Essay Titles

  • The impact of fertility on public health
  • Public health significance of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome
  • Oral health and oral health disparities in Appalachia
  • The public health significance of mitochondrial diseases
  • Analysis of birth defects in Allegheny County
  • Genetic counseling at Manovikas Kendra Rehabilitation and Research Institute for the Handicapped in Kolkata, India


Noel C. Harrie
Student Services Coordinator
Phone: (412) 624-3066
Fax: (412) 624-3020

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