Public health professionals are trained through a multi-disciplinary approach to be qualified to address population health concerns. When obtaining a Masters of Public Health, an individual selects to study a specific focus area within population health. The areas of study include: behavioral and social science; biostatistics and informatics; community health; environmental health; epidemiology; global health; health policy and management; health promotion and communication; maternal and child health; and minority health and health disparities.
Concentrating in any of these studies can lead to a role in public health genetics. For example, individuals who study maternal and child health could work within newborn screening or someone who studies health policy and management could work on genetics healthcare policy concerns.
In addition to these concentrations, there a few public health programs in the country that have a specific focus on human genetics. Click on the logos to learn more.
According to the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), “genetic counselors have advanced training in medical genetics and counseling to guide and support patients seeking more information about how inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families, and to interpret genetic test results based on your personal and family history.”
Genetic counselors typically complete a two-year Master’s program. To learn more about genetic counseling programs, visit the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling’s Program Directory.