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Graduate Studies Calendar 2023-2024 Program Descriptions Medicine, Precision Health MDPR
Medicine, Precision Health MDPR
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Location: Health Sciences Centre, Room G349C
Program number: 403.220.8306
Fax: 403.210.8109
Email address: prehgrad@ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/programs/precision-health-program

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Graduate Certificate in Precision Health
Graduate Diploma in Precision Health
Master of Precision Health (MPrecH)

Each graduate credential in Precision Health is a cohort-based, 12 month program.

Specializations:

  • Precision Medicine
  • Quality and Safety Leadership
  • Health Professional Education Leadership
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Precision Health program is not designed for students to complete more than one specialization at a time.

Laddered pathway from the Graduate Certificate to the Graduate Diploma to the Master of Precision Health

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health in any specialization may receive laddering credit for the 12 units of coursework completed in that certificate if they are subsequently accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health program within 5 years of beginning the Graduate Certificate.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma in Precision Health may receive laddering credit for the 12 units of coursework completed in the diploma program and the 12 units of coursework completed in the certificate if they are subsequently accepted into the Master of Precision Health Program within 5 years of beginning the first credential in the laddering process.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the program requires:

a) Qualifications

Graduate Certificate in Precision Health

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from a recognized institution in a health-related discipline.
  • A minimum admission grade point average of 3.30 on a four-point scale or equivalent calculated on the last 60 units completed.

Graduate Diploma in Precision Health

  • Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Precision Health in student's area of specialization with a GPA of 3.30 or higher.

Master of Precision Health (MPrecH)

  • Completion of Graduate Diploma in Precision Health with a GPA of 3.30 or higher.

b) English Language Proficiency

See Medicine Programs.

c) Immunizations

See Medicine Programs.

d) Additional Requirements

  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants to the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma program must provide a 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.
  • Applicants to the Master's program are also required to arrange for the submission of two reference letters. References must follow the guidelines posted on the program's website for prospective students.

Meeting the minimum admission criteria above does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Note: As per Section A.1 of the University of Calgary’s Graduate Calendar, in exceptional circumstances, individuals who do not meet formal academic requirements but who have significant life achievements may be considered for admission to this program. The candidate must provide evidence demonstrating the potential to successfully undertake the certificate program. Such candidates may also be required to participate in an in-person interview with the Associate Dean, Graduate Science Education. In all such cases, the decision whether to admit rests with the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

4. Advanced Credit

See Advanced Credit.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Cumming School of Medicine requirements, the program requires:

Graduate Certificate in Precision Health

The Certificate requires 12 units of coursework within one of the specializations:

Precision Medicine

  1. Medical Precision Health 600
  2. Medical Precision Health 601
  3. Medical Precision Health 610
  4. Medical Precision Health 611, 612 or 613

Quality and Safety Leadership

  1. Medical Precision Health 600
  2. Medical Precision Health 601
  3. Medical Precision Health 620
  4. Medical Precision Health 621

Health Professional Education Leadership

  1. Medical Precision Health 600
  2. Medical Precision Health 630
  3. Medical Precision Health 631
  4. Medical Precision Health 632

Innovations and Entrepreneurship

  1. Medical Precision Health 600
  2. Medical Precision Health 640
  3. Medical Precision Health 641
  4. Medical Precision Health 642 or 643

Graduate Diploma in Precision Health

The Diploma requires 12 units of coursework consisting of:

  1. Medical Precision Health 604
  2. Medical Precision Health 603
  3. Medical Precision Health 601 (or if already completed, choose a course from any certificate specialization)
  4. One elective course from any certificate specialization

Master of Precision Health

The Master's requires 9 units of coursework consisting of:
  1. Medical Precision Health 682
  2. Medical Precision Health 683
  3. Medical Precision Health 684; and one of:

Precision Medicine: Medical Precision Health 619

Quality and Safety Leadership: Medical Precision Health 629

Health Professional Education Leadership: Medical Precision Health 639

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Medical Precision Health 649

6. Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade)

The Graduate programs in the Cumming School Medicine will not permit the Flexible Grade Option (CG Grade) for any course offered by the Cumming School of Medicine.

Students may not choose the CG grade for a course taken extra to load.

The use of the CG grade may affect students’ eligibility for internal awards.
7. Additional Requirements

Research Integrity Day and Sex and Gender Training Module

See Medicine Programs.

8. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit will not be given for undergraduate-level courses.

9. Time Limit

The expected completion time for each laddering credential (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Master's) is 12 months, with a maximum completion time for each credential of two years.

Note: Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements state the maximum time limit for completion of a course-based Master’s degree is six years; therefore, students must complete all steps in the laddering process (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Master’s) within six years of beginning the first step.

10. Supervisory Assignments

The Graduate Program Director will serve as advisor for all newly admitted students. In the MDPR program, there is no requirement for students to have a supervisor.

11. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/gse/current-students/scholarships and the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this calendar.