The first goal is to train future investigators to characterize human genetic variation and its phenotypic implications. The research may be either studies of human traits or studies of animal models relevant to human conditions.

The second goal is to provide students with a solid foundation for a career in human genetics research and teaching. This is achieved by providing training in the basics of genetic analysis and in more advanced topics geared to a student’s specific research interests. Training combines a set of required courses intended to ground students in the fundamentals of human genetic analyses, a set of elective courses designed to meet individual needs; exposure to seminars, discussions and teaching, and a rigorous research experience that will both provide advanced training and also contribute new knowledge to the field of human genetics.