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  • 1. Institute for Public Health Genetics A University Initiatives Fund Program Soul Catcher: Northwest Coast Indian symbol of physical and mental well being. Artist: Marvin Oliver
  • 2. What is Public Health Genetics? The application of advances in human genetics and genomic sciences to improve public health and prevent disease. UW Institute for Public Health Genetics Mission: To provide broad, multidisciplinary training for future public health professionals, to facilitate research in public health genetics, and to serve as a resource for continuing professional education.
  • 3. Core Faculty in Public Health Genetics Dept of Medical History and Ethics (Medicine) Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environ & Occup Health Sciences, Health Services, Pathobiology School of Law Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center School of Pharmacy School of Nursing Dept of Anthropology (Arts & Sciences) Evans School of Public Affairs Washington State Dept of Health Public Health Sciences
  • 4. Institute for Public Health Genetics Multidisciplinary Academic Program
    • Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Track (1998)
    • Graduate Certificate Program (1998)
    • M.S. Degree Track in Genetic Epidemiology (2003)
    • Ph.D. program in Public Health Genetics (2003)
  • 5. Public Health Genetics Competencies Austin et. al., Community Genetics , 2001 1. Apply knowledge of inheritance , including basic cellular and molecular mechanisms, to understand a variety of rare and common health conditions. 2. Apply epidemiological and statistical approaches to the study of risk factors and diseases with a genetic component. 3. Identify interactions among genes, environmental factors and behaviors.
  • 6. Public Health Genetics Competencies (con’t) 4 . Understand how genetic principles/technologies apply to diagnosis, screening, and interventions for disease prevention and health promotion programs. 5. Incorporate genetic information into assessment, policy development, and assurance activities. 6. Apply methods to address ethical, legal, social and financial implications of the use of genetic principles/technologies in public health, including protecting privacy and autonomy, and preventing discrimination.
  • 7. Training in Public Health Genetics Fundamental Areas of Study Core Knowledge Areas A. Genomics in Public Health B. Implications of Genetics for Society
  • 8. Public Health Genetics Courses
    • MPH Core Courses
    • Genetic Epidemiology
    • Basic Concepts in Pharmacogenetics and Toxicogenomics
    • Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics
    • Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Public Health Genetics
    • Ethical Frameworks of Public Health Genetics
    • Genetics and the Law
    • Ph.D. courses
    • Economic and Policy Issues for Genetic Technologies and Services
    • Genetic Discovery in Medicine and Public Health
    • Social and Behavioral Research Methods in Public Health Genetics
    Electives Interactive Seminar Series
  • 9. UW Institute for Public Health Genetics Collaborations
    • CDC-funded UW Center for Genomics and Public Health
    • Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Core of the UW Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health
  • 10. A vision of the future of genomics research : A blueprint for the genomic era Collins, Green, Guttmacher, Guyer, on behalf of NHGRI Nature 422: 835-847 (April), 2003 Themes (floors), cross-cutting elements, “ Grand Challenges”