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  • UAB is leading the way in precision medicine. Faculty researcher Matt Might, PhD, is bringing personalized medicine into health care now, beginning with rare diseases, drug therapy, and cancer.

About the Program

We can learn a lot about ourselves from our genes—the color of our eyes, how tall we are, where our ancestors came from, and if we're at risk for certain diseases. Understanding the behavior of genes can improve our quality of life, and a degree in genetics can help prepare you for a career in research, nursing, medicine, biotechnology, genetic counseling, teaching, and more.

Your education will begin with classes taught by experts from schools across campus. In fact, more than 100 UAB faculty members from more than 15 departments in six schools participate in instruction related to genetics and genomics. That number is expected to rise with the recent establishment of the UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine, the UAB Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute, and the UAB Informatics Institute. To enhance your experience, we offer research opportunities as early as your sophomore year.

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This program delivers most of its content via on-campus, in-person meetings.

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If you are a current student and wish to change your major, be sure to speak with your current advisor(s). Find your advisor(s) listed on your student profile page when you log in to BlazerNET.

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