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University of Pittsburgh

Department of Human Genetics

Pittsburgh, PA

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Overview

University of Pittsburgh / Department of Human Genetics is located in Pittsburgh, PA, in an urban setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) Human genetics & medicine
Master of Science/Master of Public Health (MS/MPH) Genetic counseling & public health genetics
Master of Science (MS) Human genetics
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Human genetics
Master of Science (MS) Genome bioinformatics
(Certificate) Public health genetics
Master of Science (MS) Genetic counseling
Master of Public Health (MPH) Public health genetics

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 26
Doctoral Degrees 7

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (Domestic and International)* TOEFL or IELTS (International ONLY) *Will accept MCAT in Lieu of GRE
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE (Domestic and International)* TOEFL or IELTS (International ONLY) *Will accept MCAT in Lieu of GRE
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Qualifying Exam (Required)

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

251
Applied
78
Accepted
32
Enrolled
31%

Applying

135
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?
Yes
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline July 15th April 1st Yes
Spring deadline October 15th August 1st Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE (Domestic and International)* TOEFL or IELTS (International ONLY) *Will accept MCAT in Lieu of GRE
Master's Degree Requirements Previous course work in biochemistry and behavioral or social sciences (recommended); bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the biological or behavioral sciences from accredited college or university with minimum GPA of 3.0, introductory courses in genetics and calculus
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE (Domestic and International)* TOEFL or IELTS (International ONLY) *Will accept MCAT in Lieu of GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements Previous course work in biochemistry and behavioral or social sciences (recommended); bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the biological or behavioral sciences from accredited college or university with minimum GPA of 3.0, introductory courses in genetics and calculus

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 80
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6.5

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards April 15
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

78
Total Graduate Students
24%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 3.85%
Black or African American 2.56%
White or Caucasian 52%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 6.41%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.28%
Two or more races 2.56%
Unknown 6.41%

Gender

Male (16%)
Female (83%)

Faculty

108
Total faculty
Full-time - 17
Part-time - 91
Male (37)
Female (71)

Research

Focus of faculty research: Genes that influence obesity, oral health, craniofacial traits, and response to treatment for Alzheimers disease, pathways involved in rare diseases such as hemorrahagic telangiectasia and autosomal dominant leukodystrophy, bioinformatic methods for computational cancer models, ethics of return of genetic results, paradigms for public health genetics
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:
5,487,184

Location & Contact

Address 130 DeSoto Street
3127 Public Health
Pittsburgh, PA  15261
United States
Contact Mrs. Jennifer Heinemann Palaski MBA
Department Administrator, Human Genetics and Biostatistics
Email: JDH150@pitt.edu
Phone: 412-648-1560
Fax: 412-624-3020

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