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Program Objectives

certificateUpon completion of this proposed certificate program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the clinical applications of genetics and genomic technology to support the workforce demand in the genetics and genomics laboratory industry.
  • Effectively utilize genetics and genomics data in clinical care.
  • Assess genomics technologies and determine appropriate use in the clinical genomics industry.
  • Effectively integrate genomic and clinical knowledge with the legal, regulatory, marketing, and financial aspects of the clinical genomics industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively apply professional guidelines for genetic variant classification for clinical applications.
  • Communicate effectively with clinical genomics laboratory personnel and work in teams within the clinical genomics laboratory, serve as a resource to clinicians to improve the utilization of genomics technology in clinical care.
  • Apply genomic industry standards within a clinical laboratory setting through direct application.

Curriculum Description

Please visit the UAB Graduate Catalog to see our official, current curriculum and course descriptions. Below you will find our proposed curriculum and descriptions.


  • Summer Term (Summer A: First Half-7 Week Session)

    IGC 620: Applied Advanced Medical Genetics and Genomics

    Medical application of advances in genetics and genomics with a review of current strategy for detection of mutations associated with genetic disorders. Provides a basic understanding of genetic risk assessment and population genetics, genomic approaches to diagnosis and risk stratification. (3 hours)


    IGC 624: Genetics and Genomics Diagnostics Regulation

    An introduction to the nuances of regulation, certification, and ethical practices in the genetics and genomics industry. (3 hours)

  • Fall Term

    IGC 621: Clinical Genomic Testing Technologies and Methodologies

    Critically compare and contrast genetic and genomic testing methodologies and platforms and the benefits and limitations of their use in diverse clinical scenarios. (3 hours)

    IGC 622: Clinical Tools for Genomic Variant Curation and Analysis

    A comprehensive review of the key principles of bioinformatics used in the curation of genetic variants for clinical medicine. This course will explore the software and data used in bioinformatics pipelines to curate and analyze variants. (3 hours)

  • Spring Term

    IGC 623: Genomic Variant Interpretation using Clinical Application

    Explore the evolution of current interpretation guidelines used in clinical diagnostic laboratories for genetic variant interpretation. Learn to critically examine functional, computational, and statistical data and how the data may influence variant interpretation. (3 hours)

    IGC 625: Implementation of Variant Interpretation Practices in the Genetics and Genomics Industry

    Active engagement in variant analysis and interpretation through direct application of variant analysis and interpretation skills in an assigned setting. (3 hours)

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