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Stanford Launches Professional Development Certificate in Genetics, Genomics

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Stanford University has launched a new initiative to provide online professional development courses in genetics, genomics, and personalized medicine, the Stanford Center for Professional Development said today.

The Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate courses will be taught by faculty from the university's Department of Genetics, while the Stanford School of Engineering will provide expertise in delivering global online education.

"These online genetics, genomics, and medical courses provide both a solid foundation and advanced exploration of cutting edge technologies in the field," Michael Snyder, the program's academic director and chair of the Stanford's genetics department, said in a statement.

The courses focus on topics such as biotechnology, stem cells, cancer, gene therapy, pharmacogenomics, and biology. They may be of interest to medical sales representatives, research and development managers, technology leaders, venture capitalists, and anyone interested in biology and human health, Stanford said.

Stanford created the program to meet the demand for "cutting edge education" in the rapidly growing fields of personalized healthcare and genetics research. The goal is to help participants create a knowledge base and a big-picture understanding of new industry trends and technologies.

The self-paced courses, which include exercises, readings, and a final exam, are available online via streaming video for 90 days after enrollment. Participants may take individual courses or earn a professional certificate in genetics and genomics.