MS Pharm Sci: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare

April 01, 2022
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UC Online Pharmacogenomics Director
Dr. Carrie Hoefer, Pharmacogenomics Director

University of Cincinnati’s MS Pharm Sci: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare

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.

What Is Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare?

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.

Program Overview

  • 100% online
  • No campus visits required
  • Customizable curriculum
  • Led by nationally recognized faculty

Is a Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Pharmacogenomics Right for Me?

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.

Pharmacogenomics Career Options

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.

Pharmacogenomics is used in the fields of:
  • Curation: These types of roles work closely with clinical trials by taking data and applying it to real-world settings.
  • Cancer therapy: A growing field due to two key areas in which genomics can make a difference: in the metabolism of the drug itself and how it affects the tumor.
  • Lab-based roles: In either a genomics lab or a small-molecule lab, pharmacogenomics work to help design and develop reports, in consulting roles, and in many other positions.
  • Genetic counseling: Genetic counselors, physicians, or pharmacists who want to establish a practice specializing in pharmacogenomics could benefit from the Pharmacogenomics program.
Pharmacogenomics work can be found in careers such as:
  • Pharmacogenomics Specialist
  • Genetic Sales Consultant
  • Geneticist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Research Project Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Clinical Genomics Curator
  • Field Application Scientist
  • Clinical Implementation Scientist
  • Clinical Development Scientist
  • Genetic Data Analyst
  • Molecular Sales Consultant
  • Genomics Lab Technician
  • Molecular Scientist
  • Sales

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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