Clinical Genetics and Genomics Online Graduate Certificate

This online graduate certificate program focused on genetics and genomics practice provides students with an independent, yet engaging, series of 100% online courses. The goal of the curriculum targets acquisition of a knowledge base and skill set in clinical genetics and genomics using unique, innovative, and research-proven strategies eliciting engagement and interactivity within the online platform.

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Through this online certificate program, you will gain an understanding of:

  • The mechanisms by which genetic and genomic variations influence health and contribute to human disease.
  • The foundational concepts and application of genetics and genomics in the context of human disease.
  • Fundamental mechanisms underlying typical and atypical development related to human embryology and teratology.
  • The theoretical framework, skill sets, and applications necessary to provide scientific communication of genetics and genomics, clinical resources, diagnoses, and counseling in the clinical setting.
  • The principles, clinical applications, and interpretation of genetic and genomic testing methods.

Systems Genomics: Clinical Communication and Counseling Online Graduate Certificate

This is a 12-credit asynchronous online program designed to provide foundational concepts of counseling and health communication theories. Concepts of counseling are applied in varied formats toward creating effective provider-patient or advocate-consumer communication. Skill development will focus on supporting health care discussions and conversations requiring the tactful and effective explanation of genetic and genomic information to patients, their families, and consumers.

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The Clinical Communication and Counseling Graduate Certificate will give you the tools and frameworks to:

  • Apply counseling methods and helping skills in a genomics context 
  • Facilitate healthcare discussions that effectively connect on the individual level
  • Develop micro-skills that drive communication and patient/consumer rapport 
  • Consider how cultural beliefs influence an individual’s approach to health, illness, and treatment
  • Understand how different social approaches to death, dying, and grief affect people’s healthcare decisions

PSM in Health Care Genetics

The Health Care Genetics Program allows a customized curriculum to meet your specific educational and career goals. A Professional Science Master’s Degree in Health Care Genetics is a science degree “plus” experiential learning in genome-based technologies and diagnostic testing as well as professional development training in communication, regulations, leadership, and ethical implications; an excellent background for those interested in using genomic information to improve health.

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A Master’s of Science Degree in Health Care Genetics Offers:

  • Innovative education in genetics and genomics for health and medicine
  • Internship and Professional Skills Development
  • 100% job placement with clinical, educational and research career options
  • Improved marketability for genetic counseling and medical graduate degrees

Learn more about our new course: ISG 5095, Diversity and Inclusion in Genetics

PSM in Genetic Counseling

The University of Connecticut is seeking accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling for a new Master of Science Degree in Genetic Counseling. The program will provide innovative and interprofessional training for tomorrow’s leaders in the translation of genomics and precision medicine. Not accepting students at this time.

PhD in Systems Genomics

A PhD in Systems Genomics positions graduates to take leadership roles in basic research, clinical research, program management and consultation at the PhD level in the areas of Genome Sciences and Personalized Genomic Medicine. Currently, the PhD in Systems Genomics is not financially supported and as such cannot offer tuition reimbursement or graduate research assistantships for the first two-years of the program. We are not accepting applications for regular admission. Applicants may consider self-funding mechanisms or establishing a collaboration with an industry partner or your employer. Collaborative partnerships will require engagement of the Director of the Institute for Systems Genomics and University officials for academic agreements. For more information on the PhD in Systems Genomics, click here


The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team is a student-run interdisciplinary, non-profit team that was founded in 2012. UConn iGEM is a student-developed and student-driven synthetic biology initiative, combining both research and entrepreneurial elements in a “start-up” type of environment. They compete at the annual iGEM Giant Jamboree, the world’s largest synthetic biology competition, along with 400 academic teams from around the world. Under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel O’Neill, Director of the ISG, they have worked in the energy, environmental and therapeutics tracks, with projects focused on developing alternative biofuels and novel antibody development methods. 

UConn iGEM provides laboratory training and experience for undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds. All students are invited to partake in a semester-long training, which is taught by senior members of the club and exposes new scientists to synthetic biology techniques and skills necessary to succeed in science. 

Using the skills from their trainings, the iGEM team strives to engineer novel biological solutions to various problems facing the community, while educating the public about the field of synthetic biology.

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