Certificate in Personalized Health Care
The Program in Personalized Health Care has established a Graduate Certificate in Personalized Health Care, a first of its kind. The Certificate harnesses many of the successful educational programs already established at the University of Utah to provide a foundational understanding of the many aspects of personalized health care (PHC). The Certificate is intended for current graduate and medical students at the University of Utah looking to enhance their current training with personalized health care. Learn more below.
- Establish a foundation for future research and/or clinical practice in PHC
- Broaden and deepen your understanding of PHC
- Demonstrate that you have training in PHC
- Set yourself apart in the job search
- Be part of a first-of-its-kind certificate
The certificate curriculum is organized around four tracks, research, clinical, ELSI, and a medical student track with four focus areas: genetics, informatics, pharmacology, and miscellaneous. Each track has required courses in each of the four focus areas. The student must complete 15 credits, the remaining credits can be selected among the approved courses.
Required courses for all tracks
Clinical Track- Required courses
Research Track- Required courses
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) Track -Required courses
Medical Student Track - Required Courses
Elective Courses for All Tracks
The process for matriculation and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Personalized Health Care includes:
- A minimum of 15 credits must be completed from among approved courses.
- The student must take the ‘Foundations in PHC’ course.
- The student completes the Certificate application process and is accepted into the Certificate program.
- Student will choose between the Clinical Track, Research Track, Ethical Legal and Social issues (ELSI) Track, and Medical Student Track requirements depending his/her career ambitions.
- Clinical, Research, and ELSI track students must take a required core course from three of four subject areas: Genetics, Informatics, Pharmacology, and Miscellaneous (depending on their Track). Medical Students must take 7 credits from the Recommended Elective list or the Other Possible Elective list.
- Students without a background in genetics are strongly encouraged to take a course from the Genetics subject area. For the remaining credits, students will choose electives based on the following requirements:
- An elective from any category outside the student’s current field of study.
- If a student already has obtained or is currently pursuing a graduate degree in a core subject area (i.e. Pharmacy), the student can replace required courses in that area with other elective courses to achieve the required 15 credits. This waiver must be approved by the Education Advisory Committee.
- The student must take the ‘PHC Capstone’ course, preferably after all core courses are completed.
- Students must achieve a B- or better in all Certificate courses.
- Courses completed at the University of Utah prior to being accepted into the Certificate program can be used with approval from the Education Advisory Committee at time of acceptance.
- You can recommend the Education Advisory Committee add an approved course.
To apply to the Certificate in Personalized Health Care, the student must complete the following steps:
- Complete the application form, be sure to include:
- Personal statement which includes reasons for pursuing the Certificate
- Academic transcripts (unofficial)
- Letter of support from the student’s academic advisor
- The student submits the completed Certificate application to the Certificate Program Manager, Emily Coonrod: 801-585-2268, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Certificate Program Manager will review that application and meet with the student to review his/her goals and develop an achievable plan/timeline based on the Certificate requirements. The Education Director will then review and present the application at the next Personalized Health Education Advisory Committee monthly meeting.
- The Committee reviews and discusses opportunities and concerns of the applying students.
- 2/3 approval vote from Committee for formal acceptance into the Certificate program.
- A student can be denied acceptance to the Certificate program if the Committee does not feel the student will fulfill the requirements.
- If a student is denied, the student can modify his/her plan according to the Committee’s concerns and reapply.
- The Certificate Program Manager notifies the student of his or her acceptance/denial into the Certificate program.
- As the student completes the Certificate curriculum, the student must update the Certificate Program Manager as requirements are completed.
- To complete the Certificate Program, the student must prepare a 2-3 page summary of their Capstone project (MDCRC 6940).
- The student must present the results of the Capstone project to the Program in Personalized Health Education Advisory Committee.
- Presentation should be 45 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion.
- Student must have approval from the Capstone project mentor prior to scheduling this final presentation.
- Final presentation attendees include the Capstone project advisor and three members of the Personalized Health Education Advisory Committee.
- Students must schedule this final presentation at least a month in advance and must distribute the 2-3 page Capstone project summary to the Personalized Health Education Advisory Committee prior to the presentation.
If you would like to learn more about the Graduate Certificate or have specific questions, don't hesitate to contact us.
Joshua Schiffman, MD