This exciting new doctoral degree offers graduate students the opportunity to be mentored by interdisciplinary faculty from more than six disciplines. Core courses in Genetics, Healthcare Genetics, Psychology, Political Science and Policy will provide students with the tools necessary to develop a program of research. In addition, the curriculum offers the opportunity to learn from experts the vital elements of their discipline, which can impact the evolving knowledge of genetics and/or genomics. Three cognate areas allow students to focus on their area of interest for healthcare genetics and/or genomic research. These opportunities include translational “Bench to Bedside” research, the Interventionist focus for study on genetic issues for individuals, communities and/or populations, and finally Ethics and/or Policy.
The Future Is Now
The impact of genetics on health-care has the potential to be greater than any earlier scientific advancement. With all it promises in early prevention, detection and treatment of disease, genetics will require a much different way of providing health care and conducting research. Finding new ways to apply genetics to clinical practice, creating policies and guidelines for ethical decision-making and identifying predisposition to disease in diverse communities require scientists and health-care providers to have new skills and to work together if health-care genetics is to reach its potential. To help meet this challenge, Clemson University is offering the country’s first interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy in Healthcare Genetics.
With its highly collaborative research and practical-application structure, this program will prepare interdisciplinary scientists to
More information can be found in this graduate handbook.
The Ph.D. in Healthcare Genetics will draw on Clemson programs as diverse as Nursing, Genetics, Sociology, Higher Education and Administration, Health Policy, Psychology, Microbiology, Biological Sciences, Cellular Biology and Statistics.
Program participants will choose from three tracks:
Clemson offers unique facilities and centers for students and researchers:
Clemson University offers a unique college structure that lends itself to collaborative work. This new Ph.D. program in Healthcare Genetics grew from well-established and strong Clemson research partnerships and collaborations. Research partnerships exist with Greenwood Genetic Center, St. Francis Cancer Center, Greenville Health System and the Sullivan Wellness Center. These working relationships make the program richer.
The translational research path begins with laboratory sections to develop skills and research technology in the Healthcare Genetics Web Lab which is housed on campus within Edwards Hall.
The primary candidates for the healthcare genetics program are those who identify themselves as leaders and who come from one of three primary areas:
Job opportunities are broad and may include these careers:
The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.