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 students at the University of Utah looking to enhance their current training with personalized health care. Learn more below.

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  • 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 two tracks, research and clinical, 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

  • Foundations in Personalized Health Care (2)
  • PHC Capstone (1)

Clinical Track- Required courses

  • Human Genetics (3)
  • Foundation of Healthcare Informatics (3)
  • Fundamental Pharmacokinetics (2)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Genetics (2)
  • Elective courses- need at least 2 more credits

 Research Track- Required courses

  • Applied Genomics I (1.5)
  • Foundations of Bioinformatics (2)
  • Essentials of Pharmacology and Drug Development (4)      
  • Principles and Applications in Molecular Diagnostics (3)
  • Elective courses- need at least 1.5 more credits

Elective Courses


  • Applied Genomics II (1.5)
  • Protein and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry(2)
  • Chemical Biology of Proteins and Nucleic Acids (2)
  • Genetics and Genome(3)
  • Genetics of Complex Disease(1.5)
  • Clinical Genetics(3)
  • Cancer Genetics(3)
  • Biochemical Genetics(3)
  • Perinatal Genetics (3) 


  • Medical Decision Making & Knowledge Engineering(3)
  • Clinical & Public Health Informatics Terminologies & Standards I (1.5)
  • Clinical & Public Health Informatics Terminologies & Standards II (1.5)
  • Intro to Bioinformatics Programming(1.5)
  • Computer Programming for Biomedical Researchers(1.5)
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics(2)
  • Genomic Signal Processing(3) 


  • Basics in Pharmaceutical Sciences(3)
  • Biotechnology(4) 


  • Evidence-Based Medicine(1)
  • Clinical and Molecular Cancer Biology(1.5)
  • Human Health and the Environment(2)
  • Cancer Epidemiology(3)
  • Health Economics(3)
  • Foundations and Theory of Health Promotion(3)
  • Genetic Epidemiology(2)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (1)
  • Design and Implementation of Clinical Trials (2)
  • Methods in Comparative Effectiveness Research (3) 
  • Cost-Effective Analysis(1)
  • Outcomes Research (2)


The process for matriculation and requirements of the Graduate Certificate in Personalized Health Care includes:

  1. A minimum of 15 credits must be completed from among approved courses.  
  2. The student must take the ‘Foundations in PHC’ course.
  3. The student completes the Certificate application process and is accepted into the Certificate program.
  4. Student will choose between the ‘Clinical Track’ or ‘Research Track’ requirements depending his/her career ambitions.
  5. Student must take a required core course from each of the four subject areas: Genetics, Informatics, Pharmacology, and Miscellaneous (depending on their Track).
  6. For the remaining credits (need 15), the students will choose an elective to take:
    1. An elective from any category outside the student’s current field of study.
    2. 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. 
    3. The student must take the ‘PHC Capstone’ course, preferably after all core courses are completed.
    4. Students must achieve a B- or better in all Certificate courses.
  7. Courses completed at the University of Utah prior to accepted into the Certificate can be used with approval from the Education Advisory Committee at time of acceptance. 
  8. You can recommend the Education Advisory Committee add an approved course. 

Application Process

To apply to the Certificate in Personalized Health Care, the student must follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the application form, be sure to include:
    1. Personal statement which includes reasons for pursuing the Certificate
    2. Academic transcripts (unofficial)
    3. Letter of support from the student’s academic advisor
  2. The student submits the completed Certificate application to the Certificate Program Manager, Emily Coonrod: 801-585-2268, emilyc@genetics.utah.edu
  3. 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.
  4. The Education Director will then review and present the application at the next Personalized Health Care Education Advisory Committee monthly meeting.
    1. The Committee reviews and discusses opportunities and concerns of the applying students.
    2. 2/3 approval vote from Committee for formal acceptance into the Certificate program.
    3. A student can be denied acceptance to the Certificate program if the Committee does not feel the student will fulfill the requirements.
    4. If a student is denied, the student can modify his/her plan according to the Committee’s concerns and reapply.
  5. The Certificate Program Manager notifies the student of his or her acceptance/denial into the Certificate program.
  6. As the student completes the Certificate curriculum, the student must update the Certificate Program Manager as requirements are completed. 

Learn More

If you would like to learn more about the Graduate Certificate or have specific questions, don't hesitate to contact us.


Joshua Schiffman, MD
Education Director