Precision Health FAQs

1.     Can you provide a brief overview of the program?

Precision Health Info Session - July 22, 2019 

The graduate certificate in Precision Health is a program for all UM graduate students and encompasses a combination of courses and seminars that complement and expand the student’s primary area of study, allowing them to apply their knowledge in order to improve patient and population health.

The 12-credit certificate program will allow students who are currently study different fields related to precision health to gain an introductory knowledge into various competencies that fall under the broad umbrella of precision health. These 12 credits include a minimum of 10 graduate credit hours of coursework and 2 credits of precision health seminar. The key precision health competency areas include:

  1. Ethical, legal, and social implications of precision health
  2. Data science & predictive analytics
  3. Biosocial Determinants of Health/Policy/Economics
  4. Human Genetics in Health & Disease/Molecular Medicine
  5. Bioinformatics/Computational Genomics
  6. Consumer Health Informatics and Healthcare Systems Engineering

2.     Who is eligible to participate in the program?

For the Fall 2019 cohort, the certificate will be open to all PhD, MS, MA, M. Engineering, and masters or doctoral level health professional students. This would include students who are matriculating for degrees such as an MPH or MSW as examples.

3.     Is it possible to complete the program in one academic year?

It is currently not possible to complete the program in one academic year because of the 2 credit seminar requirement.

4.     When will the Precision Health Seminar be held?

Seminar will be held in tandem with the precision health speakers series. The speaker series is currently scheduled around the noon hour for Sept 25, October 8, Nov 12, January 14, February 11, March 10, April 14, and May 21st

Precision health students will be required to attend the speakers series and then stay for an additional hour to debrief the presentation and lead a discussion around the speaker’s topic with the speaker and other members of the Precision Health certificate committee.

5.     Do you have to take courses from each of the competencies?

No, you do not have to take courses from each of the 6 competencies; however, you do need to complete coursework in at least 2 of 6 and make every effort to include all three domains (Discovery, Treatment, and Health) in your course work. 

6.     What is the policy on double-counting coursework credits towards the certificate?

As part of the Rackham Graduate School Rules, no more than one-sixth of the credits required for a masters degree may be double-counted for the PH certificate. This essentially means that you may count one, 3 credit course, that is required for your degree program, toward the requirements for the certificate.

7.     How many credits is needed to complete the certificate?

10 credits course work  and 2 credits of Precision Health seminar 

8.     What are potential career paths?

A certificate in precision health will put you at the forefront of the scientific and professional workforce because of the experience you will gain in diversity. As the health sciences continue to embrace the team science model, it is become even more important that our next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals have a broad understanding of the different fields associated with precision health. Thus, professionals with multiple skill sets will be needed to move this field forward.

As such, the curriculum for the certificate was chosen to introduce students from disparate fields to new concepts that are beyond their current field of study but are directly related to precision health. This will help to stimulate imaginative thinking among faculty and students as they work in these fields.

That said, potential career paths are vast and encompass a broad, multidisciplinary spectrum of capabilities that range from expertise in the discovery and preclinical stages to clinical development and settings. Careers in biology, immunology, bioinformatics, genetics, cellular and computational biology, clinical laboratory science, data analysis, and business will all be at the forefront of the precision health job market.

9.     Would like you to have a term under your belt before you start taking classes? 

A semester under your belt would be preferred before officially joining the Precision Health Program, however you can take classes prior to joining that will retroactively be added towards your certificate.