CERTIFICATE IN STATISTICAL GENETICS

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  1. The Certificate in Statistical Genetics (CSG) is offered by the Section on Statistical Genetics (SSG) within the Department of Biostatistics in UAB's SOPH. The purpose of the CSG is to offer recognition that certain graduate students have completed specific requirements above and beyond those ordinarily completed by graduate students and to recognize that completion of those requirements offers them particular expertise in statistical genetics. CSG enrollees must either:
    (1.a)      Be enrolled as a matriculated student in UAB's Department of Biostatistics Ph.D. Program; or   
    (1.b)    Already have a doctoral degree in statistics or biostatistics; or   
    (1.c)    Have a doctoral degree in another discipline and be judged by the CSG committee to be capable of performing as a statistician at the level of a doctoral level academic statistician. Candidates for the CSG will be required to successfully complete (i.e., achieve a grade of 'B' or better) the following courses:

    BST    675    Introduction to Statistical Genetics   
    EPI    730    Introduction to Human Population Genetics Theory   
    BST    676    Statistical Bioinformatics   
    BST    775    Stat Methods for Genetic Analysis I   
    BST    776    Stat Methods for Genetic Analysis II   

    For any CSG candidates that do not have a mentor or advisor assigned within the Biostatistics Department, the Head of the SSG will take responsibility for assigning a CSG mentor to that person from among the SSG faculty.

  2. Regarding the sequence in which the courses are taken, the optimal sequence will be determined by the candidate's advisor or mentor within the Department of Biostatistics from within the range of options that are allowable by University, School, and Department policies. Any doctoral student or post-doctoral fellow has a mentor and/or advisor. For any CSG candidates that do not have a mentor or advisor assigned within the Biostatistics Department, the Head of the SSG will take responsibility for assigning a CSG mentor to that person from among the SSG faculty.

    2.1.     In addition to the courses above, CSG recipients must either:
    (2.1.a)     Successfully complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in Biostatistics at UAB; or   
    (2.1.b)    Have been admitted under conditions (1.b) or (1.c) and be judged by a committee appointed by the Head of the SSG and consisting of 3 faculty members in the SSG to be capable of performing as a statistician at the level of a doctoral level academic statistical geneticist. By this we mean a competent faculty-level research scientist with the ability to utilize and interpret cutting edge statistical genetic methods.

    2.2.    Those seeking the CSG who already have a doctoral degree (2.1.b or 2.1.c) but do not have the necessary pre-requisites for the required courses, must either take the prerequisites or must get permission from the course instructor. Up to 6 credit hours (2 courses) from among the 5 CSGrequired courses may be waived if the CSG candidate has demonstrated expertise in those areas. The waiver of courses must be approved by the committee overseeing the CSG Program, appointed by the Head of the SSG. Note that none of the CSG-required courses are courses that are required for completion of a Ph.D. in the Biostatistics Department. Post-doctoral fellows in SSG have the option (but not the mandate) to obtain the certificate by completing the above requirements.   
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