M.Sc. On Campus

Genetic Epidemiology

Washington University in St. Louis

12 months
57750 USD/year
57750 USD/year
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The Division of Biostatistics offers a master’s degree in Genetic Epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis as an option for those who have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent).

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The Master of Science in Genetic Epidemiology (GEMS) at Washington University in St. Louis provides a multidisciplinary educational opportunity for people who want to work at the dynamic nexus of genetics and medicine. There are growing needs for scientists with this training both in academia and industry. 

With the wealth of data from the Human Genome Project and the availability of powerful new computational approaches, abundant opportunities are now available to explore and characterize the interplay between genes and the environment that affect the biological processes that underlie disease.

What is genetic epidemiology?

Genetic Epidemiology is the scientific discipline that deals with the analysis of the familial distribution of traits, with a view to understanding any possible genetic basis. However, one cannot study genes except as they are expressed in people living in certain environments, and one cannot study environmental factors except as they affect people who have certain genotypes. 

Genetic Epidemiology is a uniquely interdisciplinary field that seeks to understand both the genetic and environmental factors and how they interact to produce various diseases and traits in humans. These studies are carried out in relatively large samples of subjects from relevant populations, thus, the population history and dynamics often come into play. 

Population dynamics alter the frequency and distribution of both genetic and environmental factors, and thus, their net effect on the phenotype of interest. Some population characteristics also can be exploited for the purposes of gene discovery and mapping because the history has affected the genomic structure in a way that specific genotypes associated with disease can be identified.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Computing with SAS
  • R Primer
  • Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Human Linkage and Association Analysis
  • Biostatistics
  • Ethics in Biostatistics
  • Mentored Research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • International students considering submission of an application to Washington University for graduate study should have a general familiarity with academic practices and university customs in the United States.
  • All international students are required to present evidence of their ability to support themselves financially during graduate study. 
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit score reports from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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