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What will I learn?

The MSGE program provides in-depth training in genetic epidemiology through unique coursework and training opportunities.

What is genetic epidemiology? Genetic epidemiology is an interdisciplinary field that draws on training in epidemiology, genetics, and biostatistics. This unique field examines how genes and environmental factors interact to influence health and disease in human populations.

The Master of Science degree in Genetic Epidemiology at the UW was one of the first such programs to be developed. Training in genetic epidemiology focuses on methods to identify genetic diseases and their interactions with environmental exposures in populations. The program emphasizes applied research skills.

As part of its recent 5-year review by the U.W. Graduate School, the MSGE program was extensively evaluated by a review committee made up of internal and external reviewers. The official review committee report stated that the program is "...positioned to be at or near the top for the foreseeable e breadth of courses in genetic epidemiology and public health genetics is likely unequaled at U.S. e program also benefits from superb faculty from a variety of disciplines".

Learning Objectives for the MSGE Program in Public Health Genetics

The Master of Science degree offers advanced training in Genetic Epidemiology with an emphasis on applied research skills to understand the etiology and prevention of complex diseases with genetic and environmental components. Completion of this degree prepares graduates for careers in academic institutions, health care delivery systems, public health departments, governmental agencies, and the private sector, particularly biotechnology. The core curriculum develops competencies in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, and bioinformatics within the broader context of ethical, legal and social issues. The degree requires coursework in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, biostatistics, bioinformatics, law, and bioethics. Upon completion, graduates will have been introduced to the research principles and methods that will enable them to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret genetic epidemiologic research. Successful completion requires a research-based master's thesis.

Which department am I in?

School of Public Health

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$33,747.00 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

Bachelor’s degree or higher. Due to the interdisciplinarity of our programs, we accept applicants from diverse backgrounds such as Genetics/Genomics, Biology, Policy, Medicine, Law, Epidemiology, amongst others.

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.


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