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Human Genetics, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Shiang, Dr. Rita
Graduate Program Director
rshiang@vcu.edu
(804) 628-4083

Grotewiel, Dr. Michael S.
Genetics
msgrotewiel@vcu.edu
(804) 628-4086

Web:
www.gen.vcu.edu

Admission requirements summary

Human Genetics, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Degree:

Ph.D.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Deadline
dates:

Applications received prior to Dec 17 given priority consideration
Test
requirements:

GRE
Special requirements:
International applicants must score 100 or greater on the TOEFL.

MCAT or DAT acceptable in lieu of GRE for combined professional/academic degree programs, but not for dual degree academic programs.

The Department of Human and Molecular Genetics offers a comprehensive program in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Genetics. The program includes the completion of an original research project under the supervision of a faculty adviser and a background/foundation of courses that prepare students for research-oriented careers in the rapidly expanding field of human genetics. Major areas of study available to Ph.D. students in the program include clinical and molecular cytogenetics, molecular genetics, developmental genetics, cancer genetics, behavior genetics, population and quantitative genetics, genetic epidemiology, clinical genetics, and genetic counseling. Once core course work requirements have been completed, the students course plan is tailored to meet individual needs with regard to the area of research focus. A track in genetic epidemiology is available for those planning a career in this area. For more detailed information on the program please visit www.gen.vcu.edu/phd.

Applications for the program should be submitted to the Biomedical Sciences Doctoral Portal – School of Medicine-PhD selected from the drop-down menu of programs on the VCU online application form.

Student learning outcomes

Curriculum

Typical course plan for the full-time student

  Credits
Fall 1  
BIOC/MICR 503 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 5
BIOS/STAT 543 Statistical Methods I 3
HGEN 501/BIOL 530 Human Genetics 3
HGEN 690 Genetics Research Seminar 1
HGEN 691 Special Topics in Genetics (classic papers in human genetics) 1
IBMS 600 Laboratory Safety 1
IBMS 610 Laboratory Opportunities 0.5
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations 2
Total 16.5
   
Spring 1  
BIOC/MICR 504 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology 5
HGEN 502 Advanced Human Genetics 3
HGEN 606 Introduction to Clinical Genetics 1
HGEN 610 Current Literature in Human Molecular Genetics 1
HGEN 690 Genetics Research Seminar 1
IBMS 620 Laboratory Rotations (two sections) 4
Total 15
   
Summer 1  
HGEN 600 Clinical Genetics (optional) 3
HGEN 697 Directed Research in Genetics 3-6
Total 6
   
Fall 2  
HGEN 610 Current Literature in Human Molecular Genetics 1
HGEN 614 Pathogenesis of Human Genetic Disease 3
HGEN 690 Genetics Research Seminar 1
HGEN 697 Directed Research in Genetics 3
OVPR 601 Scientific Integrity 1
Electives 6
Total 15
   
Spring 2  
HGEN 610 Current Literature in Human Molecular Genetics 1
HGEN 690 Genetics Research Seminar 1
HGEN 697 Directed Research in Genetics 3-13
IBMS 691 Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences (proposal writing) 0.5-4
Elective 0-6
Total 15
   
All subsequent semesters
HGEN 610 Current Literature in Human Molecular Genetics 1
HGEN 690 Genetics Research Seminar 1
HGEN 697 Directed Research in Genetics 13
Total 15

Additional information on the program can be found online at www.gen.vcu.edu/graduate/genetics.html.

 

 

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