Programs and Curriculum

Join an enthusiastic community of learners investigating genetics, disease processes and systems-level biology.

Your coursework provides a solid background in the human genome and gene mutation, the function and structure of proteins, gene expression and computational analysis of DNA and protein sequences. Elective options allow you to specialize in biomedical analysis, pharmacology or neuroscience, for example.

Working alongside faculty-scientists, you also will develop diverse research expertise, using model organisms, large-scale genetic/genomic screens and other cutting-edge techniques.

Through the program, you will have opportunities to explore exciting new areas of inquiry, identify and develop your own research interests and present your findings in public forums.

  • Areas of Study
    You will explore three types of genetics and genomics―human/medical, developmental and microbial/pathogenesis―plus bioinformatics supporting genetics and genomics research.
  • Master’s Program
    Our interdisciplinary, two-year program offers you a broad exposure to genetics and genomics through hands-on research, problem-solving and in-depth exploration of current and past research.
  • MD-PhD Program
    Prepare to excel as a physician-scientist, gaining the skill set you need to make your mark as both an investigator and a clinician.
  • PhD Program
    Our 72-credit-hour doctoral program combines interdisciplinary coursework with a variety of laboratory experiences, preparing you to identify and pursue your individual research interests.
  • Participating Programs, Departments and Institutions
    Through interdisciplinary coursework and a variety of laboratory experiences, you will learn from faculty-scientists with expertise in diverse fields, encompassing disease processes and epidemiology, statistical tools and drug design.
  • Laboratory Rotations
    You will have opportunities to explore projects in a variety of fields to help you identify a specific area of research to pursue toward your graduate degree. Through this process, you'll discover where your true passion for research lies.
  • How to Apply
    Learn about our admissions criteria and how to apply at the graduate or doctoral level.