Certificate Program in Public Health Genetics

Integrating the science, technology, and social implications of genetics to improve health.

labworkAdvances in genetics are occurring at a pace that challenges our collective ability to respond to the many social, legal, ethical, and public health policy implications generated by this revolution of knowledge. Consequently, there is a compelling need to prepare future public health professionals in the biology, technology, applications, responsibilities, and issues of genetics information, which will play an increasing role in our understanding of health and disease.

While all students are invited to incorporate an analysis of public health genetics in their program of study at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Certificate in Public Health Genetics (CPHG) offers a set of courses and field experience in this area. Read more >>>

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  • Patricia Peyser elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

    Congratulations to CPHG faculty member Pat Peyser on her election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Peyser was honored for her distinguished contributions to the field of genetic epidemiology, particularly for discoveries in cardiovascular disease. Read Full Story

  • Goncalo Abecasis elected to the Institute of Medicine

    Congratulations to CPHG faculty member Goncalo Abecasis on his recent election to the Institute of Medicine. Read Full Story

  • Mike Boehnke awarded $16M NIH grant

    Congratulations to CPHG faculty member Mike Boehnke, who will serve as Principal Investigator on a multi-site $16M NIH-funded whole-genome sequencing study to examine potential causes of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Read Full Story

  • Scott Roberts and Dana Dolinoy paper to appear in the Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics

    CPHG faculty members Scott Roberts and Dana Dolinoy authored a paper on "Emerging Issues in Public Health Genomics" that appears in the 2014 volume of the Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics.

  • Goncalo Abecasis and Mike Boehnke named to the World's Most Influential Scientific Minds

    Congratulations to CPHG faculty members Goncalo Abecasis and Mike Boehnke, who were among a group of 27 U-M scientists listed in a recent report on "The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds." This distinction reflects their being in the top 1% of their disciplines in terms of how often their published work is cited by other scientists in the field. Read Full Story

Why Public Health Genetics?

"The Human Genome Project has ushered in a dramatic expansion and acceleration of genetics and genomics research, with many scientific, medical, ethical, legal, and social implications. Next-generation DNA sequencing technologies promise to advance the field of personalized healthcare, while a host of genome-wide studies have identified numerous genes associated with common diseases and human behavior. Commercialization of genetic testing based on these findings has launched several biotechnology companies and spawned the controversial development of personal genome services. Within the U.S. and abroad, the growth of 'biobanks' has engendered heated debate about the legal and policy ramifications of repositories of genetic information.

"These and related developments have major implications for the dynamic field of public health genetics. An informed public health workforce will be critical to help realize the positive promises of discoveries in genomics, health and disease. Our program aims to provide aspiring public health professionals with a multidisciplinary understanding of key issues at the intersection of genetics and genomics science and public health. We have been committed to this mission since our establishment in 1996 as one of the first public health genetics graduate programs in the nation. I hope you will take time to learn more about what our program offers and how you might become engaged."Scott Roberts

J. Scott Roberts, Ph.D.
Director, Public Health Genetics Program