Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Medicine

Human Genetics, Cert, MS, PhD

Address:

PO Box 980149

PO Box 843051

Richmond, VA 23298

United States

Phone:

1-804-828-7188

Program Information

Degree Offered:

Ph.D., M.S., Certificate

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics offers a comprehensive program in graduate study leading to a Master of Science in Human Genetics. The program includes the completion of an original research project under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a background/foundation of courses that prepare students for research-oriented careers in the rapidly expanding field of human genetics. Major areas of study available to master’s students in the program include clinical and molecular cytogenetics, molecular genetics, developmental genetics, cancer genetics, behavior genetics, population and quantitative genetics, genetic epidemiology, clinical genetics, and genetic counseling. The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics offers a comprehensive program in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Genetics. The program includes the completion of an original research project under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a background/foundation of courses that prepare students for research-oriented careers in the rapidly expanding field of human genetics. Major areas of study available to Ph.D. students in the program include clinical and molecular cytogenetics, molecular genetics, developmental genetics, cancer genetics, behavior genetics, population and quantitative genetics, genetic epidemiology, clinical genetics, and genetic counseling. Once core course work requirements have been completed, the students course plan is tailored to meet individual needs with regard to the area of research focus. A track in genetic epidemiology is available for those planning a career in this area. The Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Human Genetics, one of six pre-medical basic health sciences programs of the VCU School of Medicine, offers the opportunity for advanced graduate-level training for individuals seeking to enhance their background in human genetics prior to entry into professional school. The curriculum defines an intensive program of study intended for completion in two successive academic semesters. Admission to the program is competitive. As a guide, applicants should anticipate meeting the minimum expectations of performance and achievement described. However, individual departments should be contacted for detailed information on prerequisites, as there may be additional prerequisites beyond those listed.

Accreditation:

American Board of Medical Genetics

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999