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College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics

Harnessing the Power of Precision Medicine

Pharmacogenomics is a fast-growing field that explores a patient’s DNA sequence to determine how they are most likely to respond to medications. Pharmacogenomics supports personalized or precision medicine, which connects a patient’s genetics, epigenetics, environment, and lifestyle to design a treatment plan that will best suit the patient. The goal of this modern approach to medication therapy is to optimize response and beneficial outcomes while limiting adverse effects and toxicities.

With a Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics degree from WNE, you will be ready to make the most of emerging opportunities from basic or industrial research to clinical implementation through a well-rounded program that aligns with your personal career goals.

Why Choose the Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics?

The design of the WNE Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics has purposely integrated all major aspects of this field, from basic genetics to clinical implementation. This results in the program including introductory and advanced medical genetics and pharmacogenomics, pharmacology and pathophysiology, genetic data analysis and laboratory techniques, healthcare outcomes and statistical analysis, research design and application, genetic counseling, and clinician or patient interactions at medical sites.

Having such broad experience will provide graduates with insight into how to study genetic variant effects on patient response, implement the advancing knowledge of pharmacogenomics into clinical practice through collaboration with clinicians and patients, and gain financial support for these services based on improved healthcare outcomes data.

What Will You Study?

The 37-credit MS in Pharmacogenomics program can be completed in three full-time semesters (fall, spring, and summer). Through foundational and advanced courses in Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Medical Genetics, Genetic Counseling, Pharmacogenetics, Genetic Research, and Data Analysis, and others, as well as skill-building experiential courses in the laboratory and clinic, you’ll be well versed to enter the field of precision medicine.

Courses are taught in the state-of-the-art classrooms and labs of the Center for the Science and Pharmacy, and will prepare you for career opportunities in basic research, the pharmaceutical industry, within regulatory institutions, at genetic testing laboratories, or clinical sites. As a WNE graduate, you will also possess the skillsets prized by employers: divergent thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership, and an entrepreneurial mindset—essential to careers in discovery and innovation.

Top Five Reasons to Choose the MS in Pharmacogenomics

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Earn a unique degree in a growing field

We offer the only degree of this type in New England, which prepares graduates for careers that will revolutionize the delivery of healthcare.

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A well-rounded education

Our curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for a wide array of careers in the field of Pharmacogenomics, from basic laboratory research to clinical implementation of personalized healthcare.

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Hands-on experience

Our program provides multiple opportunities for students to work with state-of-the-art instrumentation and complete a broad range of laboratory techniques through structured and independent guided courses, so they feel comfortable in the laboratory or the clinic, and confident in their skills and abilities.

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Exposure to a clinical environment

Students will work directly with clinical pharmacists and other practitioners at healthcare facilities that utilize genetic testing, which will allow for students to develop skills and expertise necessary for careers in medical institutions.

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Individualized Attention

WNE is committed to giving our students the opportunity to develop strong relationships with their peers and professors, as well as receive any necessary support along the way.