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Clinical Genomics and Precision Medicine for Healthcare Professionals

Clinical Genomics and Precision Medicine for Healthcare Professionals

Specifically designed with healthcare providers in mind, this rigorous training demonstrates how Clinical Genomics and Precision Medicine benefits both practitioners and their patients.

For more information, please contact SCU’s Office of Admissions at [email protected] or (877) 434-7757

Format: All courses are online (asynchronous)
Launch Date: Courses will be available late Spring, 2018
Program Length: 6 months
Cost: $5,400

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This unique training program is ahead of its time and unlike anything currently offered in the health-related educational marketplace. Students will gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of the rapidly growing areas of genomics and personalized medicine that are currently revolutionizing the practice of medicine.

Specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of the working healthcare professional, this program focuses on developing valuable practical skills healthcare professionals can actually implement in practice, such as:

  • Learning how to identify and evaluate genetic testing laboratories and interpret test reports related to such diverse areas as individualized genetic disease risk, companion diagnostics, gene-drug interactions (pharmacogenomics), and nutrigenomics.
  • Latest advances in DNA and RNA sequencing, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, the increasing use of artificial intelligence in healthcare, gene editing and gene therapies, bioethics, and even the emerging trend of “citizen scientist gene hacking” and its ethical and public health implications.

All courses are online and self-paced (asynchronous) so you may begin any course whenever you are ready and complete it on your own timeline – although they are designed to be completed within six months. This is an opportunity to stay informed on the forefront of the latest technological advances and emerging trends that are beginning to define the future of medical practice and healthcare.

Course Format

This course will be self-paced and delivered online in a series of topical modules using a mixture of written exposition, graphics, video, animations, exercises, quizzes, and examinations as appropriate to optimize student comprehension and retention of material. Qualified faculty will be available for online consultation and periodic student participatory webinars will be given by expert guest speakers in areas of special topical interest.

Expected Gained Competencies

The course is intended to ensure that graduates:

  • Understand the essential concepts and the technological basis for advances in personalized genomic medicine
  • Understand the clinical utility of these new tools: when and where they are most appropriate for improving patient care, including their limitations
  • Develop practical skills such as learning how to identify and evaluate genetic testing laboratories and specialists, how to interpret genetic testing reports, and how to use clinically-relevant online resources and databases
  • Understand the legal, regulatory, economic/reimbursement, and ethical issues surrounding clinical genomics and personalized medicine
  • Understand the clinical genomics professional environment, such as the main professional societies and regulatory organizations (e.g., American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, College of American Pathologists, etc.) as well as understanding relevant board certifications and licenses
  • Become acquainted with the latest discoveries and emerging technologies that are likely to have further impact on medical practices within the next several years

Continuing Education

This program may fulfill continuing education requirements for many healthcare professions and states. Registrants are responsible for contacting licensing bodies for respective health professions to confirm approval.

Pre-approved for Chiropractic CE in the following states/provinces/territories: AZ, BC, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, MA, MB, MD, MS, MI, MT, NB, NE, OH, ON, OR, PR, RI, SC, UT, VA, VT, WA, WY

Application for approval is in progress for the DC, LAC, and ND professions in California.

For more information contact us at [email protected] or call (877) 434-7757.

Meet Your Instructor

Dan Handley

Dan Handley, M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Handley serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of the Clinical and Translational Genome Research Institute. He also holds a courtesy faculty appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. His areas of specialty include drug-gene interactions (pharmacogenomics), microbiome research and metabolomics, DNA and RNA sequencing, computational systems biology, and machine learning. He previously served as Chief Scientific Officer of Life-SEQ, LLC, a clinical genomic sequencing consulting and services company, as Chief Scientific Officer for Advanced Healthcare Technology Solutions, Inc., as a senior researcher at the Procter & Gamble Co., a senior administrative analyst and laboratory manager at the UCLA School of Medicine, and as a founding technologist for the National Genetics Institute, in Los Angeles, California. He holds a B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. in Logic and Computation from Carnegie Mellon University, a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh, and did his post-doctoral training at Magee-Womens Research Institute in advanced genomic technologies applied to fetal and maternal health.

Anticipated Course Schedule & Proposed Topics

Introduction to Precision Medicine
Scientific Foundations
Clinical Basics
Advanced Genomics and Related Laboratory Technologies
Clinical Applications of Advanced Genomic Technologies
Emerging Technologies and Practices in Oncology
Microbiome and Metabolomics: Clinical Implications
Professional, Regulatory, Economics, and Ethical Issues
Practical Skills
Emerging Developments in Clinical Genomics

Course outline is subject to change.

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