Genomics and Bioinformatics

The goal of the Certificate program in Genomics & Bioinformatics is to enable a generation of investigators and academicians to integrate genomic and related high-dimensional data seamlessly into population and personalized health. The Certificate in Genomics & Bioinformatics is intended for any individual who wishes to obtain practical knowledge in human genetics, genomics, clinical genetics, and bioinformatics. The courses in this certificate program will provide you with the unique set of skills needed to assess, manage, and analyze large-scale genomic, phenotypic, and other molecular measurements.

A certificate in Genomics & Bioinformatics is awarded to students who pass all the required classes. 

Courses (a maximum of 16 credits are allowed for the entire program) successfully completed as a certificate student may count toward an SPH degree in Epidemiology once admission to a degree-seeking program has been granted, if:

  • A grade of C or higher or Pass has been earned in any course that has been completed within the last 5 years, and
  • The course is approved by the student’s advisory committee (advisor should write memo documenting approval for the student file).

Applications are now being accepted via SOPHAS Express.

Certificate Planner

The certificate program comprises five courses that cover the core content of genomics and bioinformatics. 

The following table describes the required courses for the Genomics & Bioinformatics certificate. All of these courses are currently offered by the Department of EHGES. The courses will be available to all campuses (via ITV) and online as well. The courses can be completed in 1 calendar year (fall, spring, summer).

Required Courses


Genomics & Bioinformatics domain

PH 2970: Foundations of Public Health Genetics (3 credits; ITV)*

Fall semester

Fundamental Human Genetics Concepts

PH 2815: Genetics and Human Disease (3 credits; ITV)

Fall semester

Fundamental Human Genetics Concepts; Genetic Epidemiology

PH 2830: Clinical Genetics in Epidemiology (3 credits; ITV)

Spring semester

Clinical Genetics

PH 2782: Practical Computational Genetics & Bioinformatics (3 credits; ITV)

Spring semester


PH 2780: Applied Genetic Methods in Public Health** (3 credits; ITV)

Summer semester

Genetic Epidemiology

* PH 2970 is ONLY required as a required course/first course if a student has no prior coursework in biology and genetics. 

** will be renamed Genetic Epidemiology

Faculty Name: Alanna Morrison, PhD                                                                                                  

Title: Professor and Department Chair                                                                                                                        

Department/Campus: Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences                               


For more information on applying to this certificate, please e-mail