University of Colorado Denver

Graduate School

Human Medical Genetics and Genomics


Academic Office 1, L15-1503

12631 E. 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD in Human Medical Genetics and Genomics

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Human Medical Genetics and Genomics Program is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental Program designed to coordinate outstanding graduate training and research opportunities in all aspects of Human and Medical Genetics. HMGGP faculty are committed to a dynamic and outstanding Program that provides vision, leadership, and focus for human and medical genetic activities at the Anschutz Medical Campus in the 21st century. Graduate training builds on close engagement with our students, who are an integral to ongoing redesign of the program to build towards the future. The Program is continually adding new Training Faculty, providing students with an outstanding group of scientists from whom to select as Thesis Advisors and mentors. Our goal is to provide students a world-class graduate training experience in an interactive and interdisciplinary environment that allows for an individualized learning experience.


  • Full benefits and competitive stipend for all trainees
  • Interdepartmental and collaborative
  • Clinical and translational research opportunities
  • Highly accomplished training faculty
  • Rigorous, yet flexible, curriculum


Research Focus: Understanding the organization and structure of the human genome, identifying and analyzing genes involved in causing human disease, developing and studying animal models of human diseases, and developing approaches to provide genetic services to patients.

Program Events: Program seminar series, annual research retreat, student-led journal club, research-in-progress presentations, student-faculty ski trips.

Financial Support: Students receive full support that includes all tuition and fees, health and dental insurance, and a $31,000 annual stipend.

Applications: Applications accepted September 1 to December 1 for the following Fall semester. On-campus interviews take place in February. See program website for details.

Career paths of graduates: HMGGP alumni have careers in research labs, biotech companies, and universities around the globe such. Examples include: Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder; Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore; Postdoctoral Fellows at Stanford, Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital; Director of Forensics & Evidence Division at the Denver Police Department; Regulatory Affairs Review Specialist at National Jewish Health; and Genetics Scientific Affairs Liaison at Vantari Genetics.

Why CU Anschutz? Located in Aurora, Colorado, the Anschutz Medical Campus is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. With six graduate and health professional schools, multiple clinical centers and institutes including an NIH-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, two nationally-ranked teaching hospitals, and a VA hospital, CU Anschutz is engaged in clinical care, research, education, and service. Together, clinicians, graduate students, and research faculty contribute to a large and vibrant cancer research community that is poised to address present and future challenges.

We are committed to diversity and equity. Students from all backgrounds will find resources & support on campus.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

International students must meet ALL of the standard requirements and also must provide: • Original transcripts and documentation in English (or a certified English translation) of the completion of a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, or the equivalent • Documents required to process immigration documents • Certified English translation of all academic records and references not in English • $75.00 international non-refundable application fee • Evidence of proficiency in English as demonstrated by one of the following: - Citizen of a country whose official language is English - Composite score of 75 or above on the TOEFL or composite score of 6.5 or above on the IELTS - Graduate of CU Denver’s ESL Academy - Earned bachelor’s degree or higher from a foreign or US accredited institution where the language of instruction was English. - Earned a bachelor’s degree from the US or successful completion of at least 2 semesters (12 credits) of full-time study in a graduate-level master’s program at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Students are encouraged to work with the University's Financial Aid Office to obtain information on financial aid opportunities. University of Colorado Denver FASFA Code: 004508

Locale: Large City

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