Masters in Genetic Epidemiology (GEMS) for Post Doctoral Students

The Division of Biostatistics now offers an option for those who have completed a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) to pursue a Post-Doctoral Master of Science in Genetic Epidemiology (GEMS) degree. The Division of Biostatistics includes world-renowned scientific leaders in their respective areas. D.C. Rao, PhD, Director of the Division of Biostatistics and the Program Director, is one of the founding fathers of the field. The 31-credit-hour program can be pursued either full time or part time but must be completed in within three years. See https://biostatistics.wustl.edu/training/ for details about the GEMS and other programs.

The GEMS program for Post-Doctoral students has eight required courses, listed below, as well as two electives:
M21 503 STATISTICAL COMPUTING WITH SAS
M21 506 R PRIMER
M21 515 FUNDAMENTALS OF GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY
M21 550 INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS
M21 5483 HUMAN LINKAGE AND ASSOCIATE ANALYSIS
M21 560 BIOSTATISTICS I
M21 512 ETHICS FOR BIOSTATISTICS
M21 610 MENTORED RESEARCH

Prospective students

Anyone interested in pursuing the Post-Doctoral GEMS degree should contact the Program Manager at biostat-msibs@email.wust.edu in the Division of Biostatistics for information regarding the application process.

Location

The Program is currently located in the Division of Biostatistics, on the third floor of Shriners Building (706 S. Euclid Ave. at Clayton Road), Rooms 3301-3312.  At the end of January 2017, the Division of Biostatistics, including the Program, will be moving to the Bernard Becker Library 5th floor (660 S. Euclid Ave.).

More information

See our website, http://biostatistics.wustl.edu/training/msibs/prospectivestudents/GEMS, contact the Program Manager at (314) 362-1384, send email to biostat-msibs@email.wustl.edu or write to:
GEMS Post-Doctoral Program Division of Biostatistics
Campus Box 8067
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110-1093
Telephone: (314) 362-1384
Fax: (314) 362-2693

Certificate in Genetic Epidemiology

The Certificate in Genetic Epidemiology training program provides a multidisciplinary educational opportunity for people who want to work at the dynamic nexus of genetics and medicine. There are growing needs for scientists with this training both in academia and industry. With the wealth of data from the Human Genome Project and the availability of powerful new computational approaches, abundant opportunities are now available to explore and characterize the interplay between genes and the environment that affect the biological processes that underlie disease.

The GEMS Certificate program is sponsored by the Division of Biostatistics and includes world-renowned scientific leaders in their respective areas. D.C. Rao, PhD, director of the Division of Biostatistics and the Program Director, is one of the founding fathers of the field. The 19-credit-hour program is designed to prepare students to work at the interface of genetics, biostatistics, epidemiology and computing. See https://biostatistics.wustl.edu/training/msibs/pages for details.

The Certificate in Genetic Epidemiology is earned after successful completion (with a minimum of a “B” average) of six core courses plus labs (19 credit hours) that are normally offered to master’s candidates in Biostatistics. To earn the certificate, these courses may be taken over one or two consecutive years:

M21 503 STATISTICAL COMPUTING WITH SAS (summer)
M21 506 R PRIMER (summer)
M21 515 FUNDAMENTALS OF GENETIC EPIDEMIOLOGY (summer)
M21 550 INTRODUCTION TO BIOINFORMATICS (summer)
M21 560 BIOSTATISTICS I (fall)
M21 570 BIOSTATISTICS II (fall)
M21 5483 HUMAN LINKAGE AND ASSOCIATION (fall)

Prospective students

Since genetic epidemiology is a multidisciplinary field, we expect applicants to come from a variety of backgrounds, but primarily those who have earned a terminal degree such as physician scientists and other clinical investigators, particularly postdoctoral fellows and people with terminal degrees in other (related) disciplines who seek to gain expertise in genetic epidemiology. All prospective students must provide evidence of basic skills in computer programming through course work, documented experience or by passing a proficiency exam. Promising candidates who do not meet all the prerequisites will work with the Program Director to take the appropriate courses or training to rectify weaknesses.

Location

The Program is currently located in the Division of Biostatistics, on the third floor of Shriners Building (706 S. Euclid Ave. at Clayton Road), Rooms 3301-3312.  At the end of January 2017, the Division of Biostatistics, including the Program, will be moving to the Bernard Becker Library 5th floor (660 S. Euclid Ave.).

Registration instructions

All  students will register with the Program Manager at biostat-msibs@email.wustl.edu. Before registering, current Washington University students must obtain appropriate consent from their division or department. Students outside of the program wishing to enroll in individual courses must contact the Program Manager.

Academic calendar

The Certificate program begins approximately July 1 each year with preparatory workshops, followed by intensive summer semester courses. For the fall courses, the certificate program follows the calendar of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Further information

For complete admissions details and program descriptions, please visit our website, https://biostatistics.wustl.edu/training/msibs, contact the Program Manager at (314) 362-1384, send email biostat-msibs@email.wustl.edu or write to:

MSIBS Program
Division of Biostatistics
Campus Box 8067
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110-1093
Telephone: (314) 362-1384
Fax: (314) 362-2693