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Precision Health

Certificate (Cert)

Course-based program

Program overview

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.

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.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will choose from one of the four specializations (Precision Medicine,  Quality and Safety Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Health Professions Education Leadership) and take courses in areas including but not limited to Foundations of Precision Health, Ethics and Law, Safety Management, Health Professional Teaching and Learning and Implementing Innovations in Precision Health.  
  • Sex and Gender Training Module: Students are required to take the module that is most relevant to their research or program. 


  • Precision Medicine Specialization: Completion of the certificate in Precision Medicine will enable graduates to engage directly with the use of high-level molecular tools, including genome sequencing and assessment, in a clinical context. They will be uniquely positioned to bring cutting edge tools to bear in an ethical and responsible manner.
  • Quality and Safety Leadership: Graduates of the certificate in Quality and Safety Leadership will be able to conduct research, education, and direct practice in health quality and safety. This emerging area of focus will allow graduates to bring tools that improve patient outcomes, experience, and the cost-effectiveness of their clinical practice.
  • Health Professions Education Leadership: Completion of the certificate in this specialization would position graduates to take on leadership roles in designing and delivering curriculum for health professionals, with a particular focus on precision health.
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Potential outcomes include business analyst, product manager, program manager, enterprise services development manager, product technical specialist, business capability analyst, project manager, project coordinator, implementation analyst.

A course-based certificate in Precision Health is usually considered a final credential.

Online delivery

Time commitment

10-12 months


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations. No funding is available for this course.

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Admission requirements


A minimum of 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four year baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution in a health-related discipline.

Work samples

Not required


  • Official transcripts
  • A C.V.
  • Vision statement (no more than one page in length, single space, maximum 500 words) outlining career goals and how the Precision Health program will help to achieve them.

Reference letters

Not required

Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: May 31 application deadline
  • International students: May 31 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Cumming School of Medicine

Health Sciences Centre


3330 Hospital Drive NW

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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