Personal Genomics and Your Health

Stanford Center for Professional Development

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Stanford Center for Professional Development


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About the course

As a blueprint of DNA, a genome can reveal powerful new discoveries for the treatment and prevention of diseases. By placing focus on the individual patient versus the illness, genomic sequencing and analysis is challenging the traditional methods of diagnosis.

This course will expose you to the important role that genetics and genomics can play in medical decisions, practices and applications. From confirming a familial disease to identifying the potential of adverse drug reactions, the study of personal genomics is complex, extensive, and ready to be uncovered. Be at the forefront of this emerging branch of medicine that is shaping the future of precision healthcare.

This course is an elective course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.

You Will Learn

  • Accuracy of current technologies and state of the field
  • Challenges for implementing genomics into the clinic
  • Considerations for interpreting genome and genetic variants
  • Methods to acquire genetic data for medical and consumer testing
  • Role of genetics in drug response (pharmacogenomics)
  • Pros and cons of clinical genetic testing in prenatal, pediatric and adult settings

Time to Complete

You should expect to spend 10-18 hours to complete each course, depending on your familiarity with the topic.

For individual courses, we recommend that you designate 2-3 hours per week to watch video lectures and complete assignments in order to finish within 60 days.

Since the All-Access Plan allows you to access all courses for one year, you can determine how quickly to progress, but you must complete courses with 365 days in order to receive credit.


You can earn the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate by successfully completing the two required and any four elective courses. You may enroll in courses individually or through the All-Access Plan.


Kasia Bryc

Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Senior Scientist of Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent population admixture and other forces shaping the human genome. Her prior research i...

Julie Granka

Julie Granka is a biologist and a statistician with expertise in genetics and evolution who currently serves as the Director of Personalized Genomics at Dr. Granka has experience developing and applying advanced computational tools to genetic data to understand population history an...

Michael Snyder

Michael Snyder is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a le...

Kelly Ormond

Professor of Genetics and Co-Director of the Stanford MS Program in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Kelly Ormond has been a practicing genetic counselor for over twenty years in a wide variety of clinical areas. She served as President of the National Society of Genetic Counselor and recei...

Russ Altman

Russ Biagio Altman is the Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, Biomedical Data Science and (by courtesy) Computer Science) and past chairman of the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the application of computing and inf...

Dianna Fisk

Dianna received her B.S. in Biology from Marquette University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of Oregon, where she studied how nuclear and chromosomal gene expression are coordinately regulated, in the laboratory of Dr. Alice Barkan. She then went...

Euan Ashley

Born in Scotland, Dr. Ashley graduated with 1st class Honors in Physiology and Medicine from the University of Glasgow. He completed medical residency and a PhD in molecular physiology at the University of Oxford before moving to Stanford University where he trained in cardiology and advanced hea...

Stuart Kim

Dr. Kim's lab's research focuses are in C. elegans aging, human aging, cell lineage analyzer, and ModENCODE. Students, fellows, and faculty in the Department of Developmental Biology are working at the forefront of basic science research to understand the molecular mechanisms that generate and m...

Bethann Hromatka

Work Senior Manager Ii, Medical Education @ Genomic Health Senior Science Specialist, Medical Communications @ Genomic Health Scientific Communications - Consultant @ 23andme Education Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry, Spanish @ University of Oregon Doctor of Philosophy in Biology @ Unive...

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