UB Genome




Genomics can provide new treatments and cures for diseases as well as offer solutions to pressing problems facing mankind. However, the study of genomes opens the door to unintended social, business, legal and ethical consequences. For a growing number of professions, a working knowledge of genomics is needed to interpret genomic data, act with skill and sensitivity, and understand the societal issues arising from legal, insurance, and ethical realms.

To address this need, the University offers an on-line Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate. The program is ideal for health care providers, educators, administrators, and professionals, in health services, insurance and risk management, employee benefits, criminology and criminal justice, and law.

  • The Genomic Advocacy Graduate Certificate Program is a 15-credit hour program that can be completed entirely via distance education or on the ISU campus. Individuals have the option of completing the certificate or enrolling in one (or more) courses.
  • The program offers students an interdisciplinary approach, combining studies in biology, political science, bioethics, publicpolicy, and business and consumer implications of genomics. In addition, students select an elective, which enables them to customize the program to fit their particular needs and interests. The program can be completed in 12-18 months depending on the elective selected.
  • All courses are developed and taught by ISU faculty members who hold doctoral degrees and engage in scholarly research.
  • The Program is open to eligible in-state students, many out of state students, and international students.
  • Courses in this certificate program may partially satisfy requirements in other ISU graduate programs in areas such as biology, criminology and criminal justice, health sciences, human resource development, nursing, public administration, public health, business, and social work. Students should check with their advisors to determine course applicability. 
  • Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Genomic Advocacy.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered on-line. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

List of required courses here.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree granted by aregionally accredited institution
  • Have earned ONE of the following:
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 in all undergraduate coursework
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
    • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses taken at the graduate level
    • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required.
Financial Aid & Assistance:

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.