Curriculum

  • Students in the MSGDA program are required to take a minimum of 65.5 credits over the course of two years of study. The coursework is comprised of required courses, elective courses, and a capstone project.
  • Students are required to declare a concentration by May 1 and will begin taking electives in their 2nd year.
  • Students will also complete a summer internship between years 1 and 2.

1st YEAR FALL CORE COURSES

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
Human Molecular Genetics
3.0
Programming for the Biosciences
3.0
Genetic Disease Mechanisms
1.5
Introduction to Bioscience Industries
3.0
Clinical Biostatistics
3.0
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5
Case Conference
0.0
Subtotal
 
15.0

 

1st YEAR SPRING CORE COURSES

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
Human Genomics
3.0
Human Genomics NGS Lab
1.0
Clinical Cancer Genomics
3.0
Medical Genetics
3.0
Biochemical Genetics
1.5
Healthcare and Life Science Industry Ethics
1.5
Biomedical Data Systems and Informatics
1.5
Clinical Trail Design and Literature Evaluation
3.0
Case Conference
0.0
Subtotal
 
17.5

 

2nd YEAR FALL CORE COURSES

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
DNA Sequencing and Variant Analysis
3.0
Functional Genomics
3.0
Capstone Project
6.0
ABGC Board Review, Case Conference, Journal Club
0.0
Subtotal
 
12.0

 

2nd YEAR SPRING CORE COURSES

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
Genomic Knowledge Translation
3.0
Genomic Data Visualization and Management
3.0
Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine
1.5
Advanced Pharmaceutical Discovery
1.5
Capstone Project
6.0
ABGC Board Review, Case Conference, Journal Club
0.0
Subtotal
 
15.0

 

In addition to the above courses, students will select 6 credits of electives to satisfy their concentration requirement. Up to 3 credits may be counted from courses taken at CGU with permission of the program director.

CLINICAL DECISION SUPPORT

Course Number
Course Title
Credits
Human Embryology and Prenatal Diagnosis
3.0
Microbiomics and Pathogen Genomics
1.5
Molecular Basis of Disease
3.0
Advanced In Vitro Diagnostics
3.0
Medical Terminology
3.0
Machine Learning in the Life Sciences
1.5
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5

 

CLINICAL TRIAL DESIGN

Course Number
Course Title
Credits
Genetic Engineering
1.5
Introduction to US Food and Drug Law
1.5
Pharmaceutical Discovery
1.5
Pharmaceutical Development
1.5
Biotechnology-based Therapeutics
3.0
Technologies for Biomarker and Drug Discovery
1.5
Design of Clinical Trials
1.5
Machine Learning in the Life Sciences
1.5

 

ASSAY DEVELOPMENT

Course Number
Course Title
Credits
Genetic Engineering
1.5
Molecular Biotechnology
1.5
Medical Diagnostics
3.0
Introduction to US Food and Drug Law
1.5
Advanced In Vitro Diagnostics
3.0
Technologies for Biomarker and Drug Discovery
1.5
Business Operations
3.0
Device and Diagnostic Product Development
3.0
Medical Terminology
3.0
Machine Learning in the Life Sciences
1.5
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5