Curriculum

The field of precision health offers several excellent career paths. In addition to academia, career pathways include pharmaceutical industry, policy positions within the healthcare sector, and novel informatics and IT fields that focus on health. For such careers, students require solid training in not only the science behind precision health innovations, but also the ethical and patient related factors that cut across disciplines.

The key precision health competency domains are:

  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 

The Precision Health Graduate Certificate requires:

  1. A minimum of ten (10) graduate credit hours of coursework: These credits must come from at least two different precision health competency domains (listed 1-6 above) and an effort should be made to include all precision health domains (Discovery, Treatment, and Health). Additionally, as part of the Rackham Graduate College rules, nor more than one-sixth of the credits required for a master’s degree may be double-counted with the Graduate Precision Health Certificate.
  2. Participation in the precision health seminar. This 0.5 credit seminar will be taken each semester for a total of 2 credits. Students electing to take seminar for no credit will be required to complete an additional 2 hours of additional coursework for a total of 12 hours. Students not currently conducting research will not be required to present within the Seminar, but will be required to attend.
  3. Attendance at the annual Precision Health Symposium, which provides graduate students with an opportunity to present the results of their research in talks and poster sessions. This will be required to ensure the students’ interaction with precision health faculty. PhD students will be encouraged to make an oral or poster presentation.
  4.    Other non-credit activity requirements:
    • Participation in the orientation and welcome picnic occurring in August.
    • Students past their first year of the program will be asked to meet and network with new students at least three times a year to develop greater connections between the group.  These student pairs will be assigned by the program chair, with an expectation that students from different programs will be assigned as a pair to meet and learn about each other interests in precision health. For the first year cohort, we will ask members of the certificate program committee to serve in the mentor role for these students.
    • One or more professional development workshops each semester.  These will focus on topics related to career and professional development such as networking strategies, potential career paths, grant writing, cover letter and curriculum vitae development and will be provided by the certificate program committee.
    • Attendance at one or more precision health seminar each year which will include meeting with the speakers, when feasible.  This seminar occurs six to eight times a year with external speakers at least twice to three times a year.
    • Certificate students will be invited to a networking reception with our Precision Health external advisory board on a yearly basis.
    • End of the year celebration occurring in May, where students completing the program will be provided an opportunity to share their research with the group (if appropriate).