Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs

Curriculum: Human Genetics & Genomics

Individuals earning PhD degrees in human genetics have various career options, including clinical laboratory, research laboratory, or computational research in academia, healthcare, and the biotechnology industry. As biotechnology industry grows, graduates prepared for careers in this industry are crucial.

Additionally, the practice of medicine is concerned with both the genetic basis of disease as well as the response to treatment. As genomic medicine continues to develop, the demand for scientists trained in the molecular and statistical methods used to dissect complex human traits will be high; therefore, having a PhD in human genetics and genomics will put you ahead of the game.


Please note that the following is a sample curriculum plan. Current students must discuss their plan with their program coordinator to make adjustments as needed.


Year One: Fall Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
PIBS 701 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences 5 credits
PIBS 702 Scientific Reasoning 3 credits
PIBS 731 Laboratory Research 1 credit per rotation
PIBS 700 Journal Club 1 credit
PIBS 780 Research Ethics 1 credit
PIBS 782 Professional Development: Skills for Success I 1 credit

Year One: Spring Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
PIBS 705 Biostatistics for Biosciences 3 credits
PIBS 700 Journal Club 1 credit
PIBS 731 Laboratory Research 1 credit per rotation
PIBS 783 Professional Development: Skills for Success II 1 credit
HGG 630 Variation and Disease 2 credits
HGG 640 Family Studies and Genetic Analysis 2 credits

Year One: Summer Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
PIBS 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Year Two: Fall Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
HGG 601 Seminar / Journal Club 1 credit
HGG 621 Genes in Populations 3 credits
HGG 830 Dissertation Research 1 credit
EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology
(Computational Track Only)
3 credits

Year Two: Spring Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
HGG 601 Seminar / Journal Club 1 credit
HGG 660 Practical Bioinformatics 3 credits
HGG 621 Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology
(Computational Track Only)
3 credits
HGG 660 Bioinformatics Theory & Practice 3 credits
EPI 602 Medical Biostatistics II
(Computational Track Only)
3 credits
HGG 650 Advanced Topics in Molecular Genetics
(Molecular Genetics Track Only)
3 credits
HGG 830 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Year Two: Summer Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
HGG 840 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Year Three: Fall Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
HGG 601 Seminar / Journal Club 1 credit
HGG 680 Genome Ethics and Public Policy 3 credits
MCP 840 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Year Three: Spring Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MCP 701 Seminar / Journal Club 1 credit
MCP 840 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Year Three: Summer Semester

CourseDescriptionCredits
MCP 840 Doctoral Dissertation 1 credit

Years Four and Five

During the last two years, students are advised into a combination of the following courses with variable credits that complete their degree requirements:

  • HGG 601 - Seminar / Journal Club (each semester)
  • HGG 681 - Human Genetics Clinical Rotations
  • HGG 689 - Teaching Practicum
  • HGG 840 - Dissertation Research (17 credits)
  • HGG 850 - Research in Residence (last semester)