The Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare program offers a unique opportunity for students to gain in-depth knowledge about Pharmacogenomics and understand the effects of genomics, environment, patient-specific factors on drug response, allowing for individualized therapy and optimal clinical outcomes.
This Pharmacogenomics Masters Program not only empowers students to integrate genomics inpatient care but opens up ample opportunities for employment in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and direct clinical care. It also provides knowledge of state-of-art genomics research, innovative Precision Medicine approaches, and implementation of Genomic Medicine.
For UC’s Pharmacogenomics online program, the curriculum includes a total of 30 required semester credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
Pharmacogenomics – a combination of the words pharmacology (the study of medications) and genomics (the study of genes and functions) – in health care is the study of how a person’s genes affect how they respond to medications. The field’s goal is to help doctors select the drugs and doses best suited for each person’s unique needs. Pharmacogenomics is interwoven with the field of precision medicine, which aims to treat each patient individually.
Pharmacogenomics is a sub-specialty of healthcare that’s used in several ways. From drug development to cancer therapy to food digestion, pharmacogenomics impacts any field involving human life.
Do you have a desire to explore the world of drug development and create innovative approaches to treat patients based on their genes and advance the field of health care? If so, then our Pharmacogenomics Program might be the perfect choice for you.
Future career opportunities are plentiful for students graduating with a Pharmacogenomics Degree. Alumni can expect to be eligible for a variety of leadership roles and career-advancing opportunities. This degree is perfect for those with experience in biology, chemistry, genomics, lab, psychology, genetic, medical, and pharmaceutical research.
As with other highly technical professions, a higher education level leads to increased opportunities, salary, and responsibility. Since this is a relatively new area, the process of entering the field can vary for different people, and a degree in a related subject such as genetics or pharmaceutics may be enough to start or excel in a career.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of employment for genetic therapists is expected to grow 21% from 2019 to 2029 — much faster than the overall average for all industries. As of May 2020, the median salary for genetic therapists was $85,700. Qualified professionals who hold a master’s degree and a leadership or management position may expect to earn a higher annual salary.
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The MS in Pharmacogenomics program is typically completed in 6 semesters or 2 years if taken part-time.
For the MS in Pharmacogenomics program, a grade-point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 or foreign equivalent is recommended.
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