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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.)
  • MSC 602E | Clinical Pharmacogenomics (2 cr.) Only available in the Spring Semester– Registration not yet available.
  • MSC 604E | HMX Pro Genetics – Cancer Genomics and Precision Oncology (2 cr.)
  • MSC 603E | Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Precision Medicine (2 cr.) Only available in the Spring Semester– Registration not yet available.

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. At a cost of $990 per credit hour, tuition for this certificate is $8,910. Learn more about Online tuition and fees.

Roseann S. Gammal, PharmD, BCPS:

Dr. Gammal is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at MCPHS University School of Pharmacy 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 University 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 currently serves as Chair of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics/Pharmacogenomics Practice and Research Network; Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Pharmacogenomics Special Interest Group; and 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.

 

Jessica Greenwood, MS, CGC:

As a licensed genetic counselor and digital health consultant, Mrs. Greenwood works with health-related organizations looking to deliver memorable messages of health in the digital space. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University with a minor in Genetics and a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mrs. Greenwood started her career in a clinical role, working as a prenatal genetic counselor before transitioning to industry. As the Lead Medical Science Liaison at Ariosa Diagnostics (acquired by Roche in 2015) and later, as the Director of Medical Specialists at PathGroup, she managed a team of scientific specialists who provided comprehensive information about prenatal genetic testing options to obstetrical providers across the country. During this time, Mrs. Greenwood completed a certificate program in Digital Health Communication at Tufts University School of Medicine that spearheaded her work in digital health. She now consults with start-up and non-profit organizations in the personalized medicine and genomics space, assisting with the creation and execution of a digital strategy. Mrs. Greenwood serves as Vice Chair of the Webinar Subcommittee for the National Society of Genetic Counselors and is part of the External Advisory Board to the Brandeis University Genetic Counseling Master’s Program. She recently completed her tenure as a member of the North Carolina State University’s College of Sciences Alumni Advisory Board and serves as a standing member of the North Carolina State University Park Scholarship’s Selection Committee. In her spare time, “Jess” is a Peloton junkie but can be pulled outside for an adventure with her rambunctious two-year old human, Rhodesian Ridgeback fur babies, and their ringleader (her husband).


Questions about the Precision Medicine Graduate Certificate? Connect with the School of Professional Studies at professionalstudies@mcphs.edu or 617.732.2824.

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