Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Human Genetics

The M.P.H./M.S. dual degree program provides students with an innovative learning experience that includes academic training, research skill development, and clinical instruction focused on addressing issues that occur at the intersection of the fields of health behavior and health education and genetic counseling. Given that the genetic basis of common disease (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, cancer) has expanded the reach of genetics to include the entire population, there are great opportunities and complex challenges for genetic counseling, medical genetics, and public health.

The University of Michigan program is available through the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at SPH and the Genetic Counseling Program, Department of Human Genetics, in the Medical School. Program goals are to:

  • promote health, prevent disease, and manage chronic illness;
  • understand the genetic basis of common complex diseases;
  • help individuals and families understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease;
  • understand the impact of genetics on health; and
  • guide the evolving practice of genomic medicine and public health genomics.