Foundations in Personalized Health Care [MDCRC6150] Course and CME


Course Description

Foundations in Personalized Health Care is a survey course designed to introduce students to many facets of this emerging field. Sponsored by the University of Utah Program in Personalized Health Care and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the course is offered through the Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) program. This course is open to students outside the MSCI program and can be approved as an elective in other degree programs. This course is an approved elective in the medical school curriculum (MD ID 7250). A Continuing Education section also is available. Faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend the seminar portion of the course on a drop in basis.

At the completion of this course, students will be able to do the following:

  1. Discuss the fundamental elements of personalized health care.
  2. Consider case studies of preventive and therapeutic applications of personalized health care.
  3. Consider future developments in personalized health care. 
  4. Propose methods for advancing personalized health care locally, nationally, and globally.

Course Evaluation: Students will receive a letter grade at the end of the semester. This grade will be based on Class Participation (25%), Weekly 1-Paragraph Online Discussion Posts (25%), and 2 Written Assignments (50%). Class attendance is mandatory, but planned absences are acceptable if discussed with instructors beforehand. 

Late Policy: Discussion questions responses (and summaries for missed class) must be submitted before the end of the week to receive full credit. Students can still submit the following week for half-credit but no credit will be given after 2 weeks.

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Course number:  MDCRC 6150
Academic Credit Hours:  2

CME Credit hours: 1.5
Semester:  Spring 2017
Day:  Monday
Time:  5:30-7:00pm
Room:  HSEB 4100B
Prerequisites:  None

AMA Credit: The University of Utah School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Leader: Joshua Schiffman, MD
Education Director, Program in Personalized Health Care
Professor of Pediatrics,
Division of Pediatric Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Medical Director, High Risk Pediatric Cancer Clinic,
Huntsman Cancer Institute/Primary Children's Hospital
University of Utah

For registration assistance and questions, contact Samantha Weeks (

Preliminary Syllabus 2017

  • Session 1, January 9: Personalized Health and Populations
  • January 16: Holiday – No class
  • Session 2, January 23: Personalized Health: Research & Clinical Applications
  • Session 3, January 30: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Personalized Health Care 
    • Personalized Healthcare: Ethics, Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MPH (Medical Ethics)
    • Personalized Healthcare: Law & Policy, Jorge Contreras, JD (Law)
    • Personalized Healthcare: Philosophy James Tabery, PhD (Philosophy; Internal Medicine / Pediatrics)
  • Session 4, February 6: Personalized Risk Assessment and Prevention
    • Personalized Health in Prenatal Care, Erin Clark, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
    • Family History, Wendy Kohlmann, MS, CGC (Genetic Counseling Shared Resource; Huntsman Cancer Institute)
    • Prenatal Diagnosis, Nancy Rose, MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine)
  • February 20: Holiday – No class
  • Session 6, February 27: Aligning Clinical & Research Service Lines to Support PHC II
  • March 13: Spring Break - No class
  • Session 8, March 20: Personalized Health: Broader Applications, Part I
    • The role of gaming in personalized healthcare, Roger Altizer, PhD (School of Computing)
    • Personalizing Pediatric Cancer Care: Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Cure, Joshua Schiffman, MD (Pediatrics; Oncology)
  • Session 9, March 27: Personalized Health: Broader Applications, Part II
  • Session 10, April 3: Personalized Health Care Across the Disciplines
  • Session 11, April 10: Affordable Personalized Health Care
    • Cost Effectiveness Research and Affordable Care, Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD (Pharmacotherapy; Pharmacotherapy Outcomes Research Center)
    • Implications of personalized medicine for medical care expenditures and attendant value, Richard E. Nelson, PhD
  • Session 13, April 24: The Future of Personalized Health Care – A Panel Discussion with Health Sciences Leaders
    • Diana Brixner, RPh, PhD
    • Kathleen Cooney, MD
    • Emily Coonrod, PhD
    • Will Dere, MD
    • Joshua Schiffman, MD
    • Michael Varner, MD

Accreditation: The University of Utah School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Nondiscrimination and Disability Accommodation Statement: The University of Utah does not exclude, deny benefits to or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran’s status, religion, gender identity/expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in admission to or participation in its programs and activities.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request, with reasonable notice.  Requests for accommodations or inquiries or complaints about University nondiscrimination and disability access policies may be directed to the Director, OEO./AA, Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, 201 S Presidents Circle, RM 135, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, 801-581-8365 (Voice/TTY), 801-585-5746 (Fax).