Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program

The goal of the Precision Health Graduate Certificate is to train a cadre of precision health scientists to apply cutting-edge, multidisciplinary knowledge in the pursuit of improving patient and population health. Designed for masters and doctoral students enrolled in degree-granting graduate programs at the University of Michigan, the Precision Health Graduate Certificate is approved by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies.

Students are encouraged to take classes outside their core degree program/department. Completion of the program is expected in 2-4 semesters and requires 12 total credit hours.

The application for Winter 2020 is open. Applications are due August 1 for fall term and December 1 for winter term.



NOTE: The certificate is open to all PhD, MS, MA, M. Engineering, and masters or doctoral level graduate students enrolled at the University of Michigan. This would include students who are in graduate or professional degree programs not administered by Rackham such as an MPH, MSW, PharmD, DDS, JD, MBA just to name a few examples.

The certificate requires: 

  1. A minimum of ten (10) graduate credit hours of coursework from at least two different precision health competency domains. An effort should be made to include all precision health domains (Discovery, Treatment, and Health.)
  2. Participation in 8 Precision Health seminars/journal clubs for a total of two (2) credit hours.
  3. Submission of a 1-page, double-spaced reflection focused on comparing/contrasting the seminar topic to your interests in Precision Health.
  4. Attendance at the Precision Health Annual Research Symposium.

Attendance at other non-credit, community-building activities, such as a welcome picnic and networking events are encouraged and offered throughout the year.


The Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program aims to provide core experiences in the three precision health domains (Discovery, Treatment and Health) and the following six competency domains:

  1. Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Precision Health
  2. Data Science and Predictive Health Analytics
  3. Biosocial Determinants of Health/Policy/Economics
  4. Human Genetics in Health and Disease/ Molecular Medicine
  5. Bioinformatics/Computational Genomics
  6. Consumer Health Informatics and Healthcare Systems Engineering for Precision Health 

Graduate students interested in enrolling in the Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program are encouraged to review the prerequisites required for each course they are planning to use toward the certificate. Please note that your first semester grades must be posted before applying for this certificate. 

First year graduate students can apply during their first semester, but not before, and submit their application by the application deadline. They must make satisfactory progress toward their degrees and have a minimum Rackham cumulative grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0 on a 4.0-point scale) to maintain satisfactory academic standing in order to be admitted into the program the following term. 

NOTE: The Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program is only open to U-M students currently enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program.


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