Epidemiology & Human Genetics
The Graduate Program in Epidemiology & Human Genetics offers courses of study leading to MS and/or PhD degrees.
Students in the doctoral program select from among three tracks:
Epidemiology - provides training in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic studies; includes courses in advanced biostatistics. Opportunities for dissertation research in diverse areas.
Molecular Epidemiology - combines molecular, epidemiologic, and genetic studies, with opportunities for dissertation research that includes laboratory-based methods.
Human Genetics and Genomic Medicine - provides broad training across different disciplines within the field of human genetics followed by a specialization area of the student's choosing.
Our integrative, progressive curriculum is nationally recognized and our students' learning experiences and outcomes are enhanced by our use of technology. Currently we are engaged in an iPad pilot program that is helping to reshape the ways in which we communicate, collaborate and interact in the classroom.
Our student researchers have access to a faculty comprised of world renown researchers who's appointments stretch across all of the University of Maryland's departments in the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and the many research centers and institutes on campus including the Center for Vaccine Development, the Institute for Genome Science and the Institute of Human Virology. Our unique, geographic proximity to the NIH, NSF, FDA, other government agencies and a thriving biotech corridor provides our student with networking, career development and collaborative opportunities that are found nowhere else.
Students accepted into any of the Graduate Program in Life Sciences' PhD programs receive financial support from NIH-funded training grants, mentor grants and/or from University of Maryland, Baltimore sources.
Currently, the stipend amount for 1st and 2nd year students is $26,000. That amount increases to $27,000 once a student passes his or her qualifying exam and advances to candidacy. This typically occurs before the start of a student's 3rd year.
Separate from the stipend support provided are the benefits of complete tuition remission and coverage of student health insurance. This benefit package represents a cash value of nearly $11,000.00 a year that is, again, provided in addition to the annual stipend.
Financial support is ensured for the duration of time required to complete the Ph.D., which typically takes 4 to 6 years.
We invite you to take some time to explore our websites, engage us with your questions and "ask around". You'll soon find out why our student researchers thrive in the lab, publish, obtain their own grants and go onto successful careers in research, government, pharma and bio-tech, consulting, R & D, scientific journalism and more.
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Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive
Locale: Large City
Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999