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Study Genomic Health and Medicine at Otago

Build your understanding of genomics and the vast opportunities it offers to health practice

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences endorsed in Genomic Health and Medicine offers the first opportunity in Aotearoa New Zealand to complete a postgraduate qualification in the emerging field of genomics.

What is genomics?

Genomics is the study of genes (the genome), including interactions of genes with each other and with the person's environment. Genomic medicine uses this information to improve health outcomes and understand disease risk.

Genomics is increasingly utilised in the study and treatment of complex diseases, such as cancer, typically caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.

Why is genomics important?

Genomics is driving a revolutionary shift in healthcare. It takes understanding of personalised human health to another level, where technology is being utilised to understand how a person’s molecular makeup can be deciphered and understood to improve their health and clinical outcomes.

And interest is growing, we routinely encounter genomics terms in the media – PCR tests, direct-to-consumer DNA tests, epigenomics, genome sequencing, mRNA vaccines, targeted cancer treatments, gene editing and more.

Do you know what these terms mean? Are you interested in how they could impact your health and that of your community? Or how genomic data can be integrated into clinical practice?

The world is changing rapidly, join us in learning how these new technologies can impact and improve the lives of New Zealanders, and some of the computational methods that make this possible.

Our teaching and research team talk about the genomics programme

Who is this qualification for?

Our programme is open to graduates from all backgrounds. Learn with and from others, including:

  • Healthcare professionals
  • People working in government policy
  • Scientists
  • Statisticians and data modellers
  • Health researchers

It is important to understand these new advances in treatment and diagnosis in order to reassure, advise, or feel less overwhelmed amidst a sea of new terminology.

The qualification details

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences endorsed in Genomic Health and Medicine is a 60-point qualification and requires completion of four core papers, see the Programme requirements table below.

All papers are taught by distance learning, enabling you to study when and where it suits you.

Qualification page for the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences

Include our papers as part of a different qualification

Alternatively, you can choose our introductory paper to satisfy your curiosity or include it as part of a different qualification.

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences (PGCertHealSc) endorsed in Genomic Health and Medicine

Papers
  • GEHM 701  Introduction to Genomics in Health and Medicine
  • GEHM 702  Genomic Medicine - Case Based Learning
  • GEHM 703  Application of Genomic Health and Medicine in Practice or Research
  • BINF 701  Introduction to Clinical Bioinformatics

Students must complete GEHM 701 first and GEHM 703 last.

How to apply

Applications usually open in September each year.

If you have questions, please email pathology.uow@otago.ac.nz

Contact details

Dr Michelle Thunders
Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington
Email michelle.thunders@otago.ac.nz

Associate Professor Aniruddha Chatterjee
Department of Pathology
Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago
Email aniruddha.chatterjee@otago.ac.nz

Information sessions

We hold regular information sessions on a range of subjects and topics.

2022 Genomic Health and Medicine information evening

Upcoming information sessions