What will I learn?

The MPH degree program trains students in the fundamentals of public health genetics within the context of law, ethics, and policy. The degree requirements include course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services, environmental health, law, ethics, and sociocultural aspects of public health genetics; a practice experience (practicum); and completion of a research-based Master's thesis. The program is designed to be completed in approximately two years.

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 63-credit-hours, typically completed in six quarters of coursework (2 years). The program begins in the autumn quarter and requires on-site attendance for the majority of the program. You and your peers will move through the core requirements together.

Learning Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of a Master of Public Health in Public Health Genetics, graduates will be able to:

1. Meet the competencies established by the School of Public Health (SPH) and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for all MPH students.

2. Meet the core competencies established by the Institute for Public Health Genetics for all Public Health Genetics (MPH) students in knowledge areas A and B:

Knowledge Area A: Genomics in Public Health

Apply knowledge of inheritance and genomic advances, including cellular and molecular mechanisms and technical developments, to understanding the etiology of a variety of rare and common, complex diseases and health conditions

Apply epidemiological and statistical approaches to the study of risk factors and diseases with genetic component

Identify interactions among genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their roles in health and disease

Describe how genetic principles and genomic technologies apply to diagnosis, screening, and interventions for disease prevention and health promotion programs

Knowledge Area B: Implications of Genetics for Society

Identify the impact of genomics on the public health activities of assessment, policy development and assurance

Apply methods to address ethical implications of the use of genetic information and technologies in public health

Describe legal concepts and the role of the law in the development of policies relating to genetics and genomics; and identify legal implications of the application of genetics and genomic technologies in public health

Apply knowledge of key social science concepts in analysis of the political, social and cultural forces that influence the research and clinical application of genetic and genomic technology in public health

Analyze in interaction and impact of market forces and public policy on the development and delivery of genetic services

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (63 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$39,367.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Washington

Schmitz Hall, 1410 NE Campus Parkway,



98195, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Prospective graduate students must meet the following minimum requirements: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1or its equivalent from a foreign institution; Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits. Other English Language Requirements: 580 paper-based TOEFL.

For international students

Prospective students are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and an excellent academic record with prior coursework, research experience, or training in genetics and/or genomics.

English Proficiency:

The Graduate School is temporarily accepting official test scores for both the Duolingo English Test and the TOEFL ITP Plus For China to assist international students with remote testing options. This policy is currently in effect through the autumn 2021 admission cycle (i.e., students enrolling in autumn 2021).

TOEFL iBT - Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 80; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 92 or higher

TOEFL pBT - Minimum Required Score: 500

Duolingo: Minimum Required Score (ELP Required): 105; Recommended Score (ELP Satisfied): 120 or higher

IELTS: Minimum Required Score 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.