Precision Health

Leading the Future of Healthcare Innovation

An Innovative Program in a Growing Field

The Cumming School of Medicine Precision Health Program was designed to meet the professional development needs of current and future healthcare practitioners across Canada and internationally. This unique program strengthens students’ knowledge and skills in Precision Health and supports role integration in areas such as advanced clinical skills, data science, entrepreneurship, organizational leadership, research, education, professional development, and consultation to impact patient, provider, and health system outcomes.

See recent UToday article on Precision Health program here. 

Who is the program for?

This new transdisciplinary program will bring together future health care leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators with the goal of improving patient care. The program was built for a broad audience of healthcare professionals, including medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, optometry, dentistry, and other professionals who want to advance their careers and assume leadership positions.

Program Pathway and Delivery

The Graduate Certificate in Precision Health is cohort-based, part-time, and delivered over a year to accommodate busy working professionals. Students will complete one course per semester beginning in the fall of 2021 (for a total of four 3-unit courses).

Students who successfully complete the certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher are eligible to apply for admission into the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health. Diploma holders will be eligible to apply for admission into the Master of Precision Health degree and will receive advanced credit for 24 units of coursework completed. Each level of the program is one year long starting in the fall, making it possible to complete the master's degree in three years. 
 

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all courses in the 2021/2022 year will be delivered with a combination of online synchronous sessions and asynchronous content and discussions using platforms such as Zoom and Desire-2-Learn (the university's learning management system). This will allow students who live outside of Calgary to obtain graduate education at the Cumming School of Medicine while continuing to work.

 

Sessional Opportunity

year 1

Year 1: Graduate Certificate

Select one of the following four specializations:
Precision Medicine
Quality and Safety Leadership
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
or Health Professions Education Leadership

year 2

Year 2: Graduate Diploma

Your second credential is earned by completing four courses:
Health System Leadership
Managing Complex Projects in Precision Health
and two electives of your choice

year 3

Year 3: Master of Precision Health

This final stage includes an experiential learning opportunity, research project, or internship in order to integrate theory, research, application and experience.


Program Specializations

The Precision Health Program is comprised of a Graduate Certificate in Precision Health, a Graduate Diploma in Precision Health, and a Master of Precision Health with four specializations to choose from:


Aggie Chan
Graduate Program Administrator
Email: prehgrad@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403.210.7132

Dr. David Anderson
Graduate Program Director


“We are excited about the Precision Health Program because it will provide new opportunities for healthcare professionals to acquire skills in precision health in a flexible, part-time, blended-online format.”

Dr. Geneviève Moineau, MD, FRCPC

President and CEO, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

“The healthcare system is in constant change and adapting quickly to take advantage of advances around precision health is an urgent need.”

Deborah McNeil, RN, PhD, Scientific Director

Maternal Newborn Child & Youth Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services (AHS)

“The program offers important opportunities for physicians to increase their understanding and skill in precision health and other areas”

Dr. Dawn Hartfield BScMed, MPH, MD, FRCPC,Assistant Registrar, Continuing Competence & Accreditation

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)

FAQs

Precision Health represents a new and innovative approach to the way health care is delivered, which is tailored to a patient's genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

Note: There are varying definitions for the terms defined in these FAQs, but for the purposes of this program the above definition will be used.

Precision Medicine is the direct application of “big data” molecular biology and computational tools in the clinical context.

Precision medicine focuses on the patient as an individual, rather than one-size-fits-all medicine. This program was built around the concept of co-production of care, which empowers the patient and health care provider to decide collaboratively how best to meet a patient’s needs.

Personalized Medicine is an older term that is synonymous with precision health, but is becoming less popular these days.

Students can only take one specialization at a time.

The Graduate Certificate in Precision Health is part-time and takes one year to complete. This is one course each semester over the four standard semesters (i.e., fall, winter, spring and summer).

Once you have completed the Certificate and have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher, you may choose to continue in the Diploma and then Master's programs.  Each program is part-time, takes one year to complete, and requires completion of one course each semester over  four semesters.

Courses at the certificate, diploma and master's levels will be taught by reputable UCalgary faculty members who are experts in the fields of precision medicine, pharmacogenomics, omics, quality safety leadership, health education, and medical entrepreneurship, etc.

The program is collaboratively delivered by Cumming School of Medicine and Haskayne School of Business faculty members.

High-profile guest speakers will also share their expertise with students. 

Fees for Precision Health certificate and diploma are each assessed per the below.
 
$12,000 for domestic students (Four courses at $3,000 per 3-unit course)
$24,000 for international students (Four courses at $6,000 per 3-unit course)
 
Students are also assessed general fees as listed in the Graduate Calendar: here 

Ready to Apply?

1. Create an eID

2. Create a Graduate Studies application

3. Complete the main UCalgary graduate programs questions in the application

4. Select Medicine – Precision Health Graduate Certificate