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Precision Medicine Graduate Certificate

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
  • Integrating cutting-edge clinical information, patient interviews, and case studies to make for a practical and engaging learning experience

With rapidly accelerating genomic technology since the landmark completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003, genetics is poised to revolutionize the practice of medicine and our understanding of the prevention and treatment of disease. This online certificate program includes a strong emphasis in genomics, including the genetic underpinnings of disease and treatment response, as well as the latest clinical applications of genomic medicine. Experts teach two of the courses, “Fundamentals of Genetics” and “Cancer Genomics and Precision Oncology” at Harvard Medical School. The other two courses, “Clinical Pharmacogenomics” and “Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Precision Medicine” are taught by nationally-recognized experts in genomics and precision medicine from MCPHS University.

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 you if you are looking for initial exposure to precision medicine or expertise for an employment opportunity.

Curriculum:

Students must complete the following four courses:

  • MSC 601E | HMX Fundamentals of Genetics (3 cr.) – Available Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • MSC 602E | Clinical Pharmacogenomics (2 cr.) Available Spring semesters.
  • MSC 604E | HMX Pro Genetics – Cancer Genomics and Precision Oncology (2 cr.) Available Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • MSC 603E | Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Precision Medicine (2 cr.) Available Fall semesters.

It is recommended that students complete MSC 601E | HMX Fundamentals Genetics 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.

No transfer credits will be accepted for the certificate.

  • Students are expected to hold a bachelor’s degree and be proficient in English language skills.
  • Healthcare experience preferred.

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.

Roseann S. Gammal, PharmD, BCPS:

Dr. Gammal is an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from MCPHS School of Pharmacy in Worcester, MA. She completed a PGY1 Pharmacy Practice residency at the University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC and a PGY2 specialty residency in Clinical Pharmacogenetics at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Gammal is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a nationally recognized expert in the field of pharmacogenomics. She recently served as Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics/Pharmacogenomics Practice and Research Network and Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmacogenomics Special Interest Group. She is a founding member of the Pharmacogenomics Global Research Network (PGRN) and a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NHGRI) Inter-Society Coordinating Committee for Practitioner Education in Genomics. In addition, she works with the NIH-funded Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) to create evidence-based clinical practice guidelines that describe how to use pharmacogenomic test results to optimize medication therapy (www.cpicpgx.org). Dr. Gammal is also the co-founder and lead clinical pharmacist for the Pharmacogenomics Clinic at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Nadine Channaoui, MS, CGC:

Nadine graduated with a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and an MS in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine. She has provided clinical genetic counseling services in the cancer and cardiovascular settings and currently works at Brigham and Women's Hospital in their Cardiovascular Genetics Center. Within the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling, Nadine has held various volunteer and leadership positions, primarily centered around diversity inclusion efforts. As a former Fulbright U.S. Student Grant awardee and experienced yoga teacher, Nadine merges cultural and societal consideration, introspection, and wellness prioritization within her roles as a clinical genetic counselor, student supervisor, and course instructor.


Questions about the Precision Medicine Graduate Certificate? Connect with the School of Professional Studies at professionalstudies@mcphs.edu or 339.236.2605.

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Precision Medicine Graduate Certificate

Roseann Gammal

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