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 Public Health Genetics Certificate Program offers a set of courses and field experience in this area. Read more >>>

CPHG News

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

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.

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.

Welcome to all new and returning CPHG students, including five who recently completed summer internships that were funded by CPHG. Learn more about their projects and our internship program.

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.

Upcoming Events

Bioethics Seminar: Revisiting the ‘Race’ Issue in Genetics
Barbara Koenig, PhD
Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics
University of California-San Francisco
Thursday, October 23, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
NCRC 16-266C.

26th Annual CANCER CENTER RESEARCH FALL SYMPOSIUM
Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Sciences Research Building
Friday, October 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The University of Michigan Cancer Research Committee is sponsoring the annual Cancer Center Research Fall Symposium. Five nationally renowned speakers will present, including Luis Diaz, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., on “Novel Clinical Applications of Cancer Genomics” and Judy E. Garber, M.D., MPH on Evolution of Clinical Cancer Genetics 2014.
Everyone who attends this symposium MUST register on-line.

Dr. Roberts"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."

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

Quick Links

Interested students unable to make our September 3 CPHG information session can view a slide show summary (PDF).