Graduate Certificate in Genetics and Genomics


Changing the Future of Health Care Delivery

Genetics and genomics both play roles in health and disease. Genetics refers to the study of genes and the way that certain traits or conditions are passed down from one generation to another. Genomics describes the study of all of a person’s genes (the genome).

The study of both can help health care professionals understand what an individual’s genetic make up means for their health, ultimately delivering more personalized patient care.

However, genetics and genomics are often not emphasized in traditional health care coursework. It’s time to change that! Be on the forefront of health care with our Genetics & Genomics Certification.


Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Class – Deadline July 30, 2021

Educational Objectives


Our program provides education on the following topics:​

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Who Should Apply


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Individuals who either currently work in health care or who have a desire to work in health care and have a strong interest in how genetics can be utilized in a health care setting.

Students on F-1 visas are not eligible to enroll in the certificate program.  Students do not qualify for federal financial aid for the certificate program.

Curriculum and Program Requirements


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Financial aid (loans) is not available for graduate certificate students. Private/alternative loans can be discussed with the Office of Financial Aid.

Admissions Criteria and Process

Program Roadmap

The program starts Fall 2021 and consists of 6 hours of foundational genetics education these courses include genetic and genomic concepts such as:

  • Mendelian inheritance
  • Polygenic inheritance
  • Epigenetic, family history gathering and utilization, 
  • Laboratory techniques and concepts in genetic testing
  • Current legal and ethical case studies.

Students will have an ability to tailor their chosen in class projects to the particular field or fields of study that are most relevant to their health care specialty.  In addition, students will be able to choose 3 hours of electives that include advanced topics such as epigenetic in complex diseases, the genetics of aging, mitochondrial genetics, and or pharmacogenetics.

Skills Gained Upon Completion

  • Learn how to utilize family history information to determine patterns of disease within a family
  • Assess and interpret genetic test reports to determine how these tests may be used for patient care
  • Evaluate testing methodologies to determine which types of testing may be appropriate for a particular suspected genetic condition
  • Discuss different current topics in genetics including the ethical, legal, and social controversies and considerations within the field of genetics

Academic Requirements

  • Proficiency in English
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated interest in biological sciences and/or health care profession

Admission Process

  • Submit a completed PDF application that includes:
    • Official Transcript
    • Statement of interest in the program
  • Contact for programmatic information: Dr. Deanna Cross
  • Admissions review team:  At least 3 members of the certificate program faculty
  • A recommendation of admission will be made to the Dean by the admissions review team.
  • If a large number of applications are received priority will be given to individuals with an interest in completing the graduate certificate rather than individual course content.


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Contact Us

For questions about the admissions process, contact the Admissions Office at or call 817-735-2300.