Precision Medicine Graduate Certificate

School of Professional Studies

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Format: Part Time

Precision medicine is driving a new era in healthcare that involves individualizing treatments based on a person’s genes, environment, and lifestyle. This graduate-level certificate program is designed specifically for healthcare professionals.

  • Offered entirely online
  • 9-credit program
  • Customized learning experience with electives
  • Integrates cutting-edge clinical information, patient interviews, and case studies to make for a practical and engaging learning experience

Since the landmark completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, the study and practice of genomic technology has been accelerating in growth. With new discoveries being made every day, it is now poised to revolutionize medicine and our understanding of the prevention and treatment of disease. This online certificate program includes a strong emphasis on genomics, including the genetic underpinnings of disease and treatment response, as well as the latest clinical applications of genomic medicine. Students are able to customize their learning experience with a choice of three electives.

Nationally-recognized experts in genomics and precision medicine from MCPHS teach the courses, "Principles of Genetics and Genomics", "Clinical Pharmacogenomics", and "Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Precision Medicine." Experts from Harvard Medical School teach the three elective courses, "Cancer Genomics and Precision Oncology", "Gene Therapy", and "Genetic Testing and Sequencing Technologies."

Who should enroll?

This program is designed for current and future healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, PAs, pharmacists, pre-med students, and genetic counselors. This certificate is for those looking for initial exposure to precision medicine or expertise for an employment opportunity.

  • Students are expected to hold a bachelor’s degree and be proficient in English language skills.
  • Healthcare experience preferred.
  • No transfer credits will be accepted for the certificate.

Students must complete the following three courses, plus one of the elective courses.

  • MSC 601 | Principles of Genetics and Genomics (3 credits) Available Summer semester.
  • MSC 602 | Clinical Pharmacogenomics (2 credits) Available Spring semester.
  • MSC 603 | Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Precision Medicine (2 credits) Available Fall and Spring semesters.

One additional course from the following:

  • MSC 604 | HMX Pro Genetics – Cancer Genomics and Precision Oncology (2 credits) Available Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • MSC 605 | HMX Gene Therapy (2 credits) Available Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • MSC 606 | HMX Genetic Testing and Sequencing Technologies (2 credits) Available Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

Total credits: 9

It is recommended that students complete MSC 601 | Principles of Genetics and Genomics prior to taking the three other courses.

Students who are not current healthcare practitioners or who have not had prior exposure to pharmacology may benefit from completing a pharmacology course before beginning the certificate program.

Students must earn at least a B- in each course and a 3.0 cumulative GPA in the certificate courses.

Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about online tuition and fees.

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