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University of Calgary Calendar 2021-2022 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions M Medical Precision Health MDPR
Medical Precision Health MDPR
Medical Precision Health 600       Foundations of Precision Health
A key element of Precision Health is the ability to critically appraise myriad types of data in order to facilitate better clinical decisions, health system improvements and clinical education delivery. Review of the essential statistical underpinnings of data analyses in health and related research and understanding ways in which those analyses can be leveraged to improve decision making in health and education systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 601       Ethics and Law of Precision Health
Builds upon the Foundations of Precision Health, and includes in-depth study of legal, ethical, and regulatory concepts in precision health.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 603       Health System Leadership
A critical examination of leadership development in the era of precision health as it relates to individual leadership practices, multi-disciplinary teams and the broader healthcare system. Exploration of new frameworks to facilitate collaborative decision making and effecting change and using critical appraisal to identify the most relevant research and make evidence-based decisions to problem-solve around real issues in health systems.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 604       Managing Complex Projects in Precision Health
Selection and application of the proper approaches for planning and executing complex innovative projects. Particular emphasis is placed on managing the innovative (novel and useful) ideas in a precision health context.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 610       Omics Applications for Clinical Practice
An overview of ‘omics’ technologies, such as genome and exome sequencing. Examination of key technological platforms in the omics field, how to apply them in the clinical setting and understanding ways in which their analyses can be utilized to guide clinical decision-making will be covered.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Precision Medicine specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.   
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Medical Precision Health 611       Pharmacogenomics
Pharmacogenomics, a leading application of precision medicine, has played a key role in improved targeting of pharmaceuticals to patients’ needs (providing the “right drug, to the right patient, at the right time, in the right dose”). Topics covered will include pharmacogenomic nomenclature, the concept of “pheno-conversion” and its impact in the clinic, and a focus on key examples of both pharmacogenetic testing platforms as well as case studies for prescription decision-making.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Precision Medicine specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 612        Precision Oncology
Focus on the major strategies for leveraging the tools of precision medicine in the field of oncology by examining how different types of DNA variants can be assessed, the ways in which computational analyses can be brought to bear, and will include discussion of targeted therapeutics, including immunotherapies, for treating individual cancer patients.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Precision Medicine specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 613        AI Applications in Precision Health
Concepts and ideas in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning -- including statistical approaches, visualization, and human-computer interactions. Applications of AI techniques and software tools. This will primarily involve exploring recent examples of AI and Machine Learning tools being specifically used to aid in clinical practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Precision Medicine specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.  
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Medical Precision Health 620        Quality Management
Quality management principles and science will be introduced starting with quality management frameworks and theory that will guide and rationalize students’ learning. Quality management tools for data analysis, prioritization, improvement and change management will be introduced and described which will help students succeed in quality improvement projects.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Quality and Safety Leadership specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 621        Safety Management
An introduction to safety science and the key concepts for managing patients’ safety in the healthcare system. Topics will include the exploration of proactive and reactive safety management, recognizing the similarities and differences with quality management and learning concepts of managing a serious patient harm event with a focus on system analysis.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Quality & Safety Leadership specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 630        Health Professional Teaching and Learning
Adapting teaching and assessment practices in response to changing contexts, new research, and advancing technologies. Particular emphasis is placed on health professional education in a precision health context and competency-based medical education.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Health Professional Education Leadership specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 631       Curriculum Oversight and Stewardship
Review of health professional curriculum to ensure it aligns with the requirements of accreditors, legislators, and other governing bodies. Quality improvement for curriculum, with a particular emphasis on modifications for Precision Health initiatives will be explored.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Health Professional Education Leadership specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 632       Leadership in Health Professional Education
Working with teams to maximize strengths and establish a space that fosters advancements in health professional education. The focus is on the skills needed to lead new education initiatives for precision health.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Health Professional Education Leadership specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 640       Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation in Precision Health
Application of entrepreneurial thinking principles to develop innovative ideas in any context: private or public, for-profit or non-for profit. Particular emphasis is placed on generating innovative (novel and useful) ideas in a precision health context.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 641        Sustainable Business Cases for Precision Health Innovations
Building business cases for innovative ideas in precision health systems, based on objective and holistic business and economic analysis. Concentration on both internal projects within healthcare systems and new venturing ideas.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 642        Implementing Innovations in Precision Health
Planning and organizing the execution of innovation projects within precision health systems, including budgeting, mobilizing financial resources, and strategic planning. Concentration on both internal projects within healthcare systems and new venturing ideas.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health -  Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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Medical Precision Health 643       Managing Technology Development in Precision Health
Planning and organizing the implementation of technology development projects in precision health (e.g., software, wearable devices, big data applications, etc.). Particular topics include technology development approaches, planning for execution, budgeting, and minimal viable products.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health - Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialization, or admission to the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health.
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