What is Pharmacogenomics? 

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how a person’s genes can affect their response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person’s genetic makeup.

When diagnostic data is combined with an individual’s specific medical history, health care providers can better understand how that person’s genes will respond to certain drugs/treatments and can thus develop a targeted treatment plan.

The Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Healthcare at UC Online can help you learn the effects of genomics, the environment, and patient-specific factors on drug response, all of which allow for individualized therapy and optimal clinical outcomes.

Our pharmacogenomics program, led by professors with real-world experience, is a great next step for those with backgrounds in allied health, biology, chemistry, nursing, genetic research, and similar fields.

Growing Careers in Pharmacogenomics

A pharmacogenomics and personalized healthcare degree covers a variety of high-skill positions that require a master’s degree. From geneticist to research technologist and from data scientist to clinical pharmacist, an MS degree online can help to achieve career and leadership goals while increasing income with above-average salaries.

Pharmacogenomics Specialist

A pharmacogenomics specialist would specifically study the effects of medications on a person’s genes.

The average salary for a pharmacogenomics specialist is about $92,940.

Geneticist

A geneticist is someone with a biology degree who studies genetics, gene science, hereditary traits/disease, and more. A person who holds this title might either have a masters in pharmacogenomics, a PhD in genetics, or is a physician who was trained in genetics.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a geneticist is similar to that of a genetic counselor, in that you can earn up to $81,880 per year in a university medical center, private or public hospital, or similar job sites.

Senior Scientist

A senior scientist works as a professional in the field of research. You might work in a lab on a project and have other scientists who work under you or you might oversee doctoral students’ dissertations or teaching classes (if you’re working in an academic setting).

The BLS notes that the average salary for a senior scientist working in a lab can be as high as $88,790 per year.

Bioinformatician

The job of someone who works as a bioinformatician involves developing and conducting research with a bioinformatics approach, which is to say they use computational technology to figure out how molecular biology works. This field is a combination of computer sciences, biotechnology, statistics, molecular biology, and engineering and is great for someone who has completed a pharmacogenomics graduate program.

The average salary for a bioinformatician is about $95,8260 per year according to the BLS.

Clinical Pharmacist

A clinical pharmacist works with patients to make sure the medications they’re taking are effective and appropriate and that they meet the patients’ needs and care goals.

The average salary for a clinical pharmacist is about the same as that of most pharmacists: about $128,090 per year or more with a pharmacogenomics masters.

Data Scientist

A data scientist uses scientific methods, processes, systems, and algorithms to analyze actual phenomena from structural and unstructured data.

The average salary for a data scientist in the scientific research and development services field is about $106,720.

What is required to complete an MS in Pharmacogenomics Online?

In order to complete your MS in Pharmacogenomics online, you’ll need to:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    Provide official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • At least one semester of undergraduate course work in organic chemistry and calculus, or related fields; or the equivalent as determined by the graduate program
  • Provide two letters of recommendation.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose.
  • Submit your resume which includes your personal, professional, and educational background.
  • Pay an application fee.

Learn more about earning your Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Pharmacogenomics online degree today!

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