Human genetics is the study of how genetic, environmental, and behavioral factors, as well as their interactions, influence human traits, health, and disease. Public health genetics applies advances in human genetics and genomics to improve public health and prevent disease in diverse populations. While genetic counselors work as members of a health care team, providing information and support to patients with genetic disorders and those at risk for inherited conditions. The focus of course work and research opportunities are in areas such as of human genetics research that includes including molecular, statistical, and bioinformatics research, public health genetics, and genetic counseling. Graduates of these programs typically go on to positions in academia or in industry.
Master of Science, Human Genetics
This program prepares students for careers as contributing members of genetics and genomics research teams in academia or industry.
Doctor of Philosophy, Human Genetics
Pitt’s doctoral program in human genetics prepares students for careers leading genetics and genomics research in academia or industry.