Curriculum & Courses

The Graduate Certificate program is comprised of four online courses – two on bioinformatics and two on genomic counselling and ethics – totalling 12 academic credits. Each course takes place over 13 weeks with 39 hours of contact, and is taught as a cohort, providing students the opportunity to develop a global professional network of peers and communities of practice.

All courses use a patient-centered approach, drawing from authentic, real-world examples. Interactive and dynamic, courses include case-based learning, peer collaborations, application assignments and formal evaluations. International subject matter experts, industry collaborators and consumers with lived genomic experience add depth and breadth to courses.

The application window for the September 2021 intake will open in early Summer.



Students must successfully complete all four courses to be awarded a certificate. MEDG 580 is a prerequisite for MEDG 585. MEDG 590 and 595 can be taken in any order. Each course will be offered once per academic year, and the entire program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Each course is taught as a cohort, providing students the chance to connect to a community of peers.

  • MEDG580: Genomic Testing & Clinical Bioinformatics
    Enrolment closes: Aug 2021
    Next course begins: Sept 2021

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  • MEDG585: Applied Variant Interpretation
    Enrolment closes: April 2021
    Course begins: May 2021

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  • MEDG590: Evidence-based Genomic Counselling
    Enrolment closes: Dec 2021
    Course begins: Jan 2022

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  • MEDG595: Emerging Genomic Topics (Currently in session)text
    Next enrolment closes: Aug 2021
    Next course begins: Sept 2022

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