Graduate Certificate in Genomics and Health
- CRICOS code: 096347A
As a Graduate Certificate in Genomics and Health student, you will learn from leading academic professionals and grow your expertise in the field of genomics. This inspiring course is the first of its kind in Australia, and is an excellent format to learn about the rapidly expanding field of genomics.
The six-month Graduate Certificate provides a solid initial pathway into genomics, and may inspire you to pursue further study.
The day-to-day experience
The program will afford you the chance to craft a unique study experience based on your interests, as a wide range of subjects are on offer. Each of which suits a variety of potential career paths available in the field of genomics that graduates can take. A primary focus of the program will be understanding the complexity of the human genome, while exploring the ethical and legal frameworks applied through genomics and healthcare.
Students can craft their certificate to encompass a wide range of elective options in relevant areas such as public health and policy, ethics and law, bioinformatics, variant curation, clinical trials and research, indigenous health and more. Through a combination of online and campus-based learning, you will be introduced to the broad impacts of genomics.
A broad variety of career opportunities will become available to you upon completion of this program, including:
- Public health and health policy
- Clinical trials and research
- Medical and allied health settings
- Medical law.
These are just some of the industries that are eager to utilise the knowledge and expertise of genomic graduates like yourself.
This program also offers the possibility of transitioning to the Graduate Diploma, and Master of Genomics and Health if you’re inspired to seek further study and development in genomics.
I’ve been fascinated by genomics ever since watching the BBC TV show Orphan Black in Year 12, so the opportunity to immerse myself in pure genomics and everything surrounding it really appealed.
The course offers so many different pathways. We touch on genetic science, ethics, counselling, public health and more. We’re learning so many different skills and I think there will be a lot of career options for us. I’m interested in pursuing a career where I can utilise my science communication skills, whether that be for consumer information, medical ethics or research.
In second year we start internships, which are helping me realise how many different industries need genomics. I’m doing my first internship with a reproductive service, doing client information, which combines my passion for science communication with my knowledge of genomics.
I’m enjoying communicating genomics with patients who may have no knowledge of the topic. I’m also meeting people who are big names in the field, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from them.
I’ve really enjoyed the coursework so far, too. Because we’re such a small cohort we get a lot of attention and support, not just with our studies but with our wellbeing as well.
For our first year we mingle in with the genetic counselling students because we overlap core subjects so we get to know everyone in both courses. I’ve gotten to know the other students much more than I did in my bachelor degree, which I’ve really enjoyed.
In first year the teaching is fairly self-directed with classes once or twice a week at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Second year is more demanding, but if you manage your time well there’s still space for life outside of uni.