Human Genetics Courses and Schools

Human genetics courses are widely available through degree programs, mostly at the graduate level. Learn about degree options and course topics you'll be studying through these programs. Schools offering Sequence Analysis and Genomics degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

If you're looking for a degree program in the field of human genetics, you might consider pursuing a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling. Prerequisites for a master's program include a bachelor's degree with coursework in biochemistry, biology, genetics and statistics. Doctorate's and bachelor's degree programs are also available.

Courses Statistical methods, research methods, human population genetics, medical physiology and embryology; clinical and research rotations; human physiology and pathology
Degrees Bachelor's degrees; Master's degrees; Doctor of philosophy
Programs Should be accredited by the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC)

What Undergraduate Courses Will I Study?

At the undergraduate level, students might take courses in areas of study that include general biology, physical chemistry, organic chemistry, molecular and general genetics, bioinformatics and cell biology. This coursework can provide students with the necessary framework for graduate studies in a biology-related discipline.

What Master's Degree Courses Will I Take?

At the master's degree level, you might explore topics like statistical methods, research methods, human population genetics, medical physiology and embryology. You may also learn how to counsel individuals, couples or families regarding genetic disorders or preventative measures. Master's programs may expect you to complete 1-3 clinical research rotations as well as a thesis paper. Research rotations may take place in sub-specialties like prenatal genetics, molecular genetics or biochemical genetics. These courses might be covered:

  • Clinical embryology
  • Human molecular genetics
  • Clinical genetics testing
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Genetic counseling

What Doctorate's Degree Courses Will I Take?

As a doctoral student, you might take courses in advanced genetics and the principles of molecular biology. You may decide to specialize in a particular area of the genetics field. You'll most likely need to complete research rotations as well as a dissertation in order to earn a doctoral degree.

Medical genetics residencies focus primarily on clinical training. As a resident, you might evaluate and counsel patients in a genetics clinic. You'll learn how to identify genetic diseases or risk factors by analyzing lab test results; you'll also learn how to explain those results to patients. Many residency programs require completion of a research project. You may take some of the following courses:

  • Molecular basis of human hereditary disease
  • Bioinformatic resources of geneticists
  • Chromosomes and human disease
  • Epidemiology principles
  • Human subjects research
  • Essentials of public health
  • Issues in research

How Should I Choose a Program?

When choosing a school with a genetic counseling or medical genetics program, consider whether the American Board of Medical Genetics (ABMG) or the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) accredits that school's program. The ABMG accredits programs in medical genetics; The ABGC accredits graduate programs in genetic counseling. You can also look for human genetics programs with faculty whose research interests are similar to your own and for programs that teach the most current genetic research methods. The following schools offer human genetics courses:

  • University of Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Clemson University (SC)
  • University of Chicago (IL)
  • Arcadia University (Glenside, PA)

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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