At the end of this master’s program, the student should be able to:

  • Describe the structure and function of the human genome
  • Identify the types and consequences of genetic variation seen in individuals
  • 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
  • Synthesize information from relevant resources to draw meaningful conclusions and document those analyses in comprehensive written reports
Fall 1
Course Name
Units
Human Molecular Genetics
3
Programming for the Biosciences
3
Genetic Disease Mechanisms
1.5
Medical Diagnostics
3
Introduction to Bioscience Industries
3
Clinical Biostatistics
3
Journal Club
0

The first fall semester will provide solid foundation in human genetics and biostatistics. Furthermore, students will receive an introduction to computer programming and working in the bioscience industry and clinical settings. Students will build knowledge and gain experience working in teams in an active-learning centered classroom. 16.5 units total.

Spring 1
Course Name
Units
Human Genomics
3
Human Genomics NGS Lab
1
Clinical Cancer Genomics
3
Medical Genetics
3
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
Journal Club
0

The first spring semester will provide in-depth instruction in clinically relevant genetics and genomics topics. Students will also learn about ethics, trial design and data systems used in the bioscience industry. Lastly, students will gain hands-on laboratory experience by generating and manipulating sequencing data in preparation for their summer industry experience. 17.5 units total.

Summer
Students will gain experience in human genomic data analysis by working in industry or clinical laboratory settings.
Fall 2
Course Name
Units
DNA Sequencing and Variant Analysis
3
Functional Genomics
3
Capstone Project
6
Journal Club
0
Choice of electives:
Human Embryology and Prenatal Diagnosis
3
Pharmaceutical Discovery
1.5
Pharmaceutical Development
1.5
Introduction to US Food and Drug Law
1.5
Medical Terminology
3
Business Operations
3
Device and Diagnostic Product Development
3
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5

In the second fall semester, students will build upon their summer experience with in-depth courses in sequencing technologies, data interpretation, and data visualization. Students will also begin to develop either an industry sponsored capstone project or a research thesis and select electives within their chosen concentration. 16.5 – 18 units total.

Spring 2
Course Name
Units
Genomic Knowledge Translation
3
Genomic Data Visualization and Management
3
Advanced Pharmaceutical Discovery
1.5
Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine
3
Capstone Project
6
Journal Club
0
Choice of electives:
Microbiomics and Pathogen Genomics
1.5
Biotechnology-based Therapeutics
3
Molecular Basis of Disease
3
Advanced In Vitro Diagnostics
3
Technologies for Biomarker and Drug Discovery
1.5
Machine Learning in the Life Sciences
1.5
Design of Clinical Trials
1.5
Organizational Analytics
1.5
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5

The final semester focuses on emerging topics in genomics such as pharmacogenomics and metagenomics while emphasizing the ability to synthesize and communicate conclusions from genomic analyses. Students will select electives to complete 6 units of their chosen concentration. Students will present the results of their industry capstone project or research thesis in written and oral form. 16.5 – 18 units total.

Required courses (all students):

Course
Genetics Programs Courses
Units
Human Molecular Genetics
3
Programming for the Biosciences
3
Genetic Disease Mechanisms
1.5
Human Genomics
3
Human Genomics NGS Lab
1
Clinical Cancer Genomics
3
Medical Genetics
3
Biochemical Genetics
1.5
DNA Sequencing and Variant Analysis
3
Functional Genomics
3
Genomic Knowledge Translation
3
Genomic Data Visualization and Management
3
Total
31
Capstone: Internship or Thesis
12
Course
Applied Life Sciences Courses
Units
Medical Diagnostics
3
Introduction to Bioscience Industries
3
Clinical Biostatistics
3
Healthcare and Life Science Industry Ethics
1.5
Biomedical Data Systems and Informatics
1.5
Clinical Trial Design and Literature Evaluation
3
Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine
1.5
Advanced Pharmaceutical Discovery
1.5
Total
18
Concentration Electives
6

 

Students select a total of 6 units of electives for their chosen concentration:

Clinical Decision Support

Course #
Course Title
Units
Human Embryology and Prenatal Diagnosis
3
Microbiomics and Pathogen Genomics
1.5
Molecular Basis of Disease
3
Advanced In Vitro Diagnostics
3
Advanced Writing and Editing for Profession Publications
1.5
Medical Terminology
3
Machine Learning in the Life Sciences
1.5
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5

 

Clinical Trial Design

Course #
Course Title
Units
Introduction to US Food and Drug Law
1.5
Pharmaceutical Discovery
1.5
Pharmaceutical Development
1.5
Biotechnology-based Therapeutics
3
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 #
Course Title
Units
Introduction to US Food and Drug Law
1.5
Advanced In Vitro Diagnostics
3
Business Operations
3
Device and Diagnostic Product Development
3
Organizational Analytics
1.5
Medical Terminology
3
Machine Learning in the Life Sciences
1.5
Fundamental Papers in Applied Medicine
1.5

*Other electives chosen from existing KGI course offerings may also be used to fulfill elective requirements, depending on student interest and applicability to the program.