Advanced Education to Succeed in the Rapidly Changing Healthcare System
The dual program prepares students to enter a wide-range of pharmacy positions that address some of today’s most challenging health care issues. Shenandoah University and Inova have partnered to offer a master’s degree in Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine (PGPM) for students in the Bernard J. Dunn Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program interested in exploring this fascinating field of study and applying knowledge of the human genome to clinical practice. This degree prepares you for career opportunities in biologic technology, at genetic testing laboratories, or within the pharmaceutical industry. It also provides you with the skill set needed to pursue specialized fields in health care that are poised for growth.
The Master of Science in Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine degree provides the opportunity for students to explore the relationship between an individual’s genetic make-up, their health, and their response to medications. Pharmacogenomics focuses on the use of genomic information to develop the most effective use of medications, including minimizing adverse events. Personalized medicine is a method of disease prevention and treatment for which the health care team considers individual variations in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Students will become familiar with the most widely used genomic laboratory techniques and interpretation of pharmacogenomics data used in personalizing drug therapy. Introductory concepts of genomic data science will also be introduced in a hands-on format.
- Genetic predictors of disease
- Applying genetic principles to guide therapeutic decisions
- Mastering genetic interpretation tools
- Ethical, legal and social implications of the human genome
Both programs integrate graduate-level critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, scientific inquiry, self-directed learning and the effective use of modern technology for professional practice that includes elements of research, leadership, education and continued enhancement of the pharmacy and public health profession. The dual program offers individuals interested in pursuing pharmacy and pharmacogenomics a unique opportunity to complete both degree programs in less than five years, saving time and money.
The PharmD/MS in PGPM program is designed for students who are presently enrolled in pharmacy school.
For questions about the program, contact PGxMasters@su.edu.
Program of Study
- Genetic Foundations of Personalized Medicine
- Essentials of Pharmacogenomics
- Pharmacokinetic Principles
- Applied Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics I
- Applied Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics II
- Applied Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacogenomics III
- Genomic Technology and Data Science
- Clinical Applications Pharmacogenomics
- Pharmacogenomics Literature Evaluation
- Analytical Techniques – Pharmacogenomics
- Ethics in Genomic Science
- Therapeutic Antibodies
- Special Problems in Pharmacy I
- Special Problems in Pharmacy II
Meet the Faculty
The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy recruits faculty who are accomplished teachers, researchers, and clinicians.
Applications are open to full-time Second Professional year PharmD student status in the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy with a GPA ≥ 3.0 and in good academic and professional standing.
The MS in Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine provides students with the skill set needed to pursue specialized fields in health care and research that are poised for growth. Start your application today!