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 (MDCRC 6150, 2 cr)
  • PHC Capstone (MDCRC 6940, 1 cr)

Clinical Track- Required courses

  • Human Genetics (HGEN 6500, 3 cr)
  • Foundation of Healthcare Informatics (BMI 6100, 3 cr)
  • Fundamental Pharmacokinetics (PHCEU 7315, 2 cr)
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Genetics (HGEN 6700, 2 cr)
  • Elective courses- need at least 2 more credits

 Research Track- Required courses

  • Applied Genomics I (PHTX 7777, 1.5 cr)
  • Foundations of Bioinformatics (BMI 6030, 2 cr)
  • Essentials of Pharmacology and Drug Development (PHTX 7113, 4 cr)      
  • Principles and Applications in Molecular Diagnostics (PATH 5535, 3 cr)
  • Elective courses- need at least 1.5 more credits

Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Track -Required courses

  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Genetics (HGEN 6700, 2 cr)
  • Health Law for the Non-Lawyer (UUHSC 6810, 2 cr)
  • Healthcare and Leadership Policy (NURS 7773, 3 cr) OR Health Policy and Leadership (FP MD 7410, 3 cr)
  • Research Ethics (PHIL 7570, 1 cr)
  • Teaching the College Communications Curricula (COMM 6090, 1 cr)
  • Elective courses- need at least 3 more credits

Elective Courses


  • Applied Genomics II (PHTX 7777, 1.5 cr)
  • Protein and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (MBIOL 6410, 2 cr)
  • Chemical Biology of Proteins and Nucleic Acids (CHEM 7430, 2 cr)
  • Genetics and Genome (BIOL 6420, 3 cr)
  • Genetics of Complex Disease (HGEN 6421, 1.5 cr)
  • Clinical Genetics (HGEN 6470, 3 cr)
  • Cancer Genetics (HGEN 6503, 3 cr)
  • Biochemical Genetics (HGEN 7380, 3 cr)
  • Perinatal Genetics (HGEN 6300, 3 cr)
  • Medical Genetics for Clinical Investigation (MDCRC 6440, 1 cr) 
  • Genetics of Complex Diseases (MDCRC 6420 OR H GEN 6421, 1.5 cr)


  • Medical Decision Making & Knowledge Engineering (BMI 6300, 3 cr)
  • Clinical & PH Informatics Terminologies & Standards I (BMI 6210, 1.5 cr)
  • Clinical & PH Informatics Terminologies & Standards II (BMI 6125, 1.5 cr)
  • Intro to Computer Programming (MDCRC 6521, 1-5 cr)
  • Computer Programming for Biomedical Researchers (PHTX 7779, 1.5 cr)
  • Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics (HGEN 6092, 2 cr)
  • Genomic Signal Processing(BIOEN 6670, 3 cr) 


  • Basics in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PHCEU 7315, 3 cr)
  • Biotechnology (PHCEU 7040, 4 cr) 


  • Evidence-Based Medicine (FPMD 6051, 1 cr)
  • Clinical and Molecular Cancer Biology (ONCSC 6500, 1.5 cr)
  • Human Health and the Environment (FPMD 6708, 2 cr)
  • Cancer Epidemiology (FP MD 6301, 3 cr)
  • Health Economics (ECON 6190, 3 cr)
  • Foundations and Theory of Health Promotion (HEDU 6000, 3 cr)
  • Genetic Epidemiology (MDCRC 6320, 2 cr)
  • Introduction to Biostatistics (TBD, 1)
  • Design and Implementation of Clinical Trials (MDCRC 6040, 2 cr)
  • Methods in Comparative Effectiveness Research (MDCRC 6270, 3 cr) 
  • Cost-Effective Analysis (MDCRD 6120, 1 cr)
  • Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research (PCTCH 7150, 2 cr)
  • Qualitative Research (NURS 7207, 2 cr)
  • Multivariate Statistics (NURS 7070, 3 cr)
  • Principles and Procedures in Mixed Methods Designs (NURS 7440, 3 cr)
  • Principles of Qualitative Analysis and Inquiry I (NURS 7107, 3 cr)
  • Health Policy and Leadership (FP MD 7410, 3 cr)


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, Research Track, or Ethical Legal and Social issues Track requirements depending his/her career ambitions.
  5. Student must take a required core course from three of four subject areas: Genetics, Informatics, Pharmacology, and Miscellaneous (depending on their Track).
  6. Students without a background in genetics are strongly encouraged to take a course from the Genetics subject area.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 
  9. 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, emily.coonrod@hsc.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 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. 

Certificate Completion

  1. To complete the Certificate Program, the student must prepare a 2-3 page summary of their Capstone project (MDCRC 6940).
  2. The student must present the results of the Capstone project to the Program in Personalized Health Education Advisory Committee.
    1. Presentation should be 45 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion.
    2. Student must have approval from the Capstone project mentor prior to scheduling this final presentation.
    3. Final presentation attendees include the Capstone project advisor and three members of the Personalized Health Education Advisory Committee.
    4. 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.

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