Healthcare Genetics

Healthcare Genetics

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Healthcare Genetics (HCG) offers graduate students the opportunity to be mentored by interdisciplinary faculty from more than six disciplines. Core courses are in Genetics, Healthcare Genetics, Psychology, Political Science and Policy to 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.

Job opportunities are broad and may include these careers:

  • Genetics educator
  • Genetic disease or syndrome-specific specialties in practice or research
  • Research scientist for industry
  • Pharmaceutical clinical coordinator/educator
  • Clinical molecular geneticist
  • Clinical trials research associate
  • Medical/life science research scientist
  • Medical technical officer for hospital
  • Genetic epidemiologist
  • Genetics policy/bioethics expert
  • University professor (especially nursing)


The following requirements must be met to be considered for admission to the online Ph.D. in Healthcare Genetics:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in a related health science discipline
  • Master’s (MS/MA) thesis or publication (BS applicants entering with data-based research will be required to complete a research project utilizing the 6 hours of cognate electives before beginning the core courses in the doctoral program
  • GPA of 3.0+ in all college coursework
  • Competitive GRE scores
  • Curriculum vita
  • Written statement of career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Departmental interview


Core courses are in Genetics, Healthcare Genetics, Psychology, Political Science and Policy to provide students with the tools necessary to develop a program of research. Three cognate areas allow students to focus on their area of interest for healthcare genetics and/or genomic research. *Please note: There are three Genetics courses in the program not offered online. If approved, students studying from a distance can bring in up to 48 credit hours including these three courses.

Program participants will choose from three tracks:

  • Interventionists
  • Translational bench science
  • Ethics and health policy

HCG students are required to complete the following over the course of the program:

  • 34 hours of 12 core courses
  • 18 hours of specialty cognate seminars and electives
  • 18 hours of dissertation
  • Students without previous biochemistry courses will be required to take GEN 302 or equivalent
  • Courses in this program require students to meet online at specific times and days
  • Some courses require students to meet on campus for face-to-face classes

South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.


For more information about this online program, please visit the Ph.D in Healthcare Genetics webpage, or contact Ellen Chiles, Students Services Coordinator,, 864-250-8881

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*Price is approximate and may not be reflective of current cost. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program contacts

Ellen Chiles, Student Services Coordinator