Rapid advances in genetics and genomics is revolutionising the practice of modern medicine and healthcare and as such health and medical services around the globe are preparing their work forces for genomics integration. Run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc, the Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare will provide an integrated approach to this interesting subject, and will focus on applying scientific principles to direct patient care.
This Postgraduate Diploma is aimed at General Medical Practitioners, Specialist Medical Practitioners (for example working in Paediatrics, General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Oncology), Nurses (Oncology, Cardiology, Paediatrics, Neurology etc), Midwives and Allied Health Professionals (Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists). The course will also be of interest to those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Dietetics, Biomedical Science and Pharmacy) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course is run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc (Learna LTD). Follow the course link for further information Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course.
The Diploma course aims to equip graduates with critical knowledge and understanding of genomics medicine. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge for direct clinical benefit and future study.
You will study the following modules:
Module 1 – Principles of Medical Genetics and Genomics (20 credits)
Module 2 – Genetic Counselling (20 credits)
Module 3 – Genomics and Society (20 credits)
Module 4 – Practice of Clinical Genomics (20 credits)
Module 5 – Reproductive Genomics (20 credits)
Module 6 – Genomic Healthcare (20 credits)
On completion of the Genomic Medicine Diploma you will demonstrate:
• A systematic understanding of genetics and genomic factors in human diseases
• A critical awareness of current issues affecting the management of inherited human diseases
• An advanced knowledge of clinical genomics that will facilitate decision-making in unpredictable and/or complex situations
• An ability to critically evaluate current research in applied and translational genetics and genomics
• An ability to deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with inherited human diseases
• A basic understanding of the scope and effect of genomics on treatments including horizon scanning of potential new targeted treatments for the wider population.
Although you’ll be learning online you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students. Your self-directed distance learning will be guided by tutor-stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios.
You’ll do a combination of individual and group projects, and you’ll have a reflective practice portfolio to help you consider how what you’re learning on the course can be translated into everyday work and practice.
You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.
Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies.
It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course
Each of the six modules have the same assessment format:
As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.
The course is delivered by a board who have an established reputation in genetics/genomics education and clinical practice:
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.
In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English Language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Genomic Medicine and Healthcare course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the genomic evidence to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to genomic medicine and healthcare. The course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in leadership roles within multi-specialty teams offering and advising people on health risks related to uncommon genetic (inherited) diseases or genetic/genomic predisposition for common human diseases.