COURSE INFORMATION

DATES AVAILABLE

September 2022

CONTACT HOURS

4 hours per week

MODE

Online and face-to-face blend

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The following eligibility requirements exist for this short program: Undergraduate level Chemistry and/or Biology

FEES

Completed certificate: $1200 + GST

LOCATION

City West, Mount Gambier, Whyalla

Course overview

The Professional Certificate in Basics of Pharmacogenomics for Healthcare Professionals will provide students with an understanding of contemporary pharmacogenomics with regards to the use of patients’ genomics to achieve the desired treatment outcomes, such as treatment response and identifying risk of adverse events.

Why the Professional Certificate in Basics of Pharmacogenomics for Healthcare Professionals?

With the expansion of personalised medicine and direct-to-consumer genotyping kits readily available in Australia, there is an urgent need to upskill our current healthcare workforce to be knowledgeable in the basics of pharmacogenomics and clinical applications of pharmacogenomics to produce better treatment outcomes for their patients. An individual’s genetic differences can result in big differences in treatment outcomes, and render a medication that is beneficial to some, as ineffective or even dangerous to others. This course will upskill healthcare professionals in the basics of pharmacogenomics relevant to contemporary clinical practice.

This course will be taught collaboratively by researchers from UniSA: Clinical and Health Sciences (CHS) and the Australian Centre for Precision Health (ACPreH). This is the only course of its kind in Australia that focuses in contemporary topics in pharmacogenomics taught by active researchers with expertise in field of precision health.

The professional certificate is a “statement of attainment” on completion of this course offered through the University but is NOT recognised as a University academic award.

Course structure

The Professional Certificate in Basics of Pharmacogenomics for Healthcare Professionals will cover 6 topics.

What you’ll learn:

It is a comprehensive industry relevant program with a strong clinical focus. Our curriculum will have a strong focus on contemporary clinical practice, specifically on the role of genetic variations in the human genome and their influence on treatment outcomes, such as response and susceptibility to adverse drug reactions.

  • Topic 1: Introduction to genetics and pharmacogenomics
  • Topic 2: Use of big data in pharmacogenomics
  • Topic 3: Direct-to-consumer genotyping test kits and their value to pharmacogenomics
  • Topic 4: Contemporary pharmacogenomics I: Applications in Oncology
  • Topic 5: Contemporary pharmacogenomics II: Other medical specialities
  • Topic 6: Contemporary pharmacogenomics III: Challenges and future directions

This course has a blended online and face-to-face teaching components with in-person sessions conducted at City West Campus (Adelaide) and at UniSA’s two regional campuses (Whyalla and Mt Gambier).

What you’ll need to study online

As a rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer.

Your computer should be able to:

  • Run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions).
  • Run programs to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone).
  • Run Zoom meetings software with the capacity to conduct presentations (via shared screens) using Microsoft PowerPoint.

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • Online activities embedded within the course (2500 words) Pass/Fail

  • Case Studies (500 words) Pass/Fail

How to apply

Please download and complete the payment form the application form and include them with your application.

Additional information

Equipment

What you’ll need to study online

As a general rule of thumb, any desktop or laptop computer purchased in the past three years should be capable of meeting your online learning needs. While mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones will be able to access most of your online course content, there are likely to be elements of most courses where we recommend you use a desktop or laptop computer.

Your computer should be able to:

  • run a modern browser (Internet Explorer 10, Firefox 24, Safari 5, or Chrome 32 or later versions)
  • run programs to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations
  • use a web camera and headset (or ear pods with microphone).
  • run Zoom meetings software with the capacity to conduct presentations (via shared screens) using Microsoft PowerPoint

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value. 

Refunds

Refunds are only applicable prior to the course delivery starting.