Because genetic epidemiology is a multidisciplinary field, we expect applicants to come from a variety of backgrounds. However, most individuals who apply to this program are physician-scientists and other clinical investigators, particularly postdoctoral fellows and people with terminal degrees in other related disciplines who seek to gain expertise in genetic epidemiology. All prospective students must provide evidence of basic skills in genetics, mathematics and computer programming through course work and documented experience or by passing a proficiency exam.

An option for those who have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) is to pursue a postdoctoral Master of Science in Genetic Epidemiology (GEMS) degree. This 30-credit-unit program can be pursued either full-time or part-time, but it must be completed within three years.

The GEMS program for postdoctoral students includes eight core courses (24 credits) as listed below, as well as 6 credits of approved electives:

MSB 503Statistical Computing with SAS2
MSB 506Introduction to R for Data Science2
MSB 515Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology3
MSB 550Introduction to Bioinformatics3
MSB 5483Human Genetic Analysis3
MSB 560Biostatistics I3
MSB 512Ethics in Biostatistics and Data Science2
MSB 600Mentored Research6
Electives: Students will work with their advisers to determine elective options6
Total Units30