The Certificate in Applied Genomics at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) in Claremont, CA, is an executive education program designed for bioscience industry and healthcare professionals who wish to gain expertise in the rapidly growing field of applied human genomics. The 15-unit program will bring participants up to date in clinical genomics, pharmacogenomics, gene editing technologies, nucleic acid sequencing, epigenomics, and more. The curriculum will also consider the ethical and legal issues raised by these advances.

Apply Now for the summer 2023 course, CAG 9001: Applied Genomics – Translating Concept to Clinic.  If you have already taken a CAG course previously you do not need to submit another application; instead, add the class using this link: Add/Drop Course.

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Program Quick Facts

Program length
It takes four semesters (two years) to complete the certificate, if taking all classes in order consistently.
Full or part-time program
CAG is a part-time program with online classes, geared toward working professionals.
Online or in-person classes
All classes are done online.
Capstone requirements
The certificate concludes with a capstone project.

CAG Program Details

  • As human genomics research rapidly moves from promise to practice, the importance of foundational knowledge in human genomics and its applications for healthcare and drug discovery is becoming more vital for professionals in a wide variety of settings.

    By completing this Certificate in Applied Genomics, participants will understand and appreciate the science behind the headlines and use this knowledge to impact the bioscience and healthcare industries.

    In addition to being housed in KGI’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the Certificate is part of the Center for Training in Applied Genomics.

  • Courses are delivered online with a schedule designed for working professionals. Participants will benefit from dynamic, live class sessions led by KGI faculty and genomics subject matter experts, in addition to hands-on activities designed to emphasize course learning objectives. There are five courses followed by a capstone. Learn more. Students may also take courses as one-offs.

    As enrolled KGI students, participants will also have access to all of the resources and services available to students at The Claremont Colleges, including library access and opportunities to engage with an innovative learning community.

  • By the end of the certificate, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the structure and function of the human genome and epigenome.
    • Identify the types and consequences of genetic variation seen in individuals.
    • Define clinical actionability and discuss trends in precision genomic medicine.
    • Describe current methods and challenges for genome editing as a therapy.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of existing public and proprietary bioinformatics databases, tools and software programs.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of genomic laboratory and sequencing techniques.
    • Manipulate genome-wide datasets to draw conclusions relevant to clinical needs.
    • Read and evaluate primary literature in human genetics and genomics.
    • Discuss ethical and legal issues related to human and applied genomics.
  • CAG is geared toward working professionals in the life and health sciences who are looking for an understanding and appreciation for the science behind the headlines and the tools to dive into the data analysis challenges and ethical considerations in this rapidly changing field.


"I have enjoyed participating in the CAG program. As a scientist who has moved away from research in recent years, it has allowed me to understand how genomics and other -omics technologies are being applied to help us understand diseases and identify better treatments for patients. My fellow classmates have a wide variety of backgrounds and this has enriched the discussion and broadened the perspectives that are shared during the classes. Not only have I learned from my professors, but I have also learned so much from my fellow CAG students."
Amy Foreman
Director, Global Publications at Amgen

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