Elective Courses

Personal Genomics and Your Health (XGEN205)

Course Description

As a blueprint of DNA, a genome can reveal powerful new discoveries for the treatment and prevention of diseases. By placing focus on the individual patient versus the illness, genomic sequencing and analysis is challenging the traditional methods of diagnosis.

This course will expose you to the important role that genetics and genomics can play in medical decisions, practices and applications. From confirming a familial disease to identifying the potential of adverse drug reactions, the study of personal genomics is complex, extensive, and ready to be uncovered. Be at the forefront of this emerging branch of medicine that is shaping the future of precision healthcare.

This course is an elective course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate.

You will learn

  • Accuracy of current technologies and state of the field
  • Challenges for implementing genomics into the clinic
  • Considerations for interpreting genome and genetic variants
  • Methods to acquire genetic data for medical and consumer testing
  • Role of genetics in drug response (pharmacogenomics)
  • Pros and cons of clinical genetic testing in prenatal, pediatric and adult settings


Russ B. Altman, Professor of Bioengineering, of Genetics, of Medicine (General Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Computer Science

Euan A. Ashley, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular), of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Pathology, Stanford University

Kasia Bryc, Population Geneticist, 23andMe

Dianna G. Fisk, Senior Scientific Curator, Stanford University

Julie Granka, Personal Geneticist,

Henry T. (Hank) Greely, Professor of Law and, by courtesy, of Genetics, Stanford University

Bethann Hromatka, Health Content Manager, 23andMe

Stuart Kim, Professor of Developmental Biology, of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology

Kelly Ormond, Professor of Genetics, Stanford University

Michael Snyder, Professor and Chair in Genetics, Stanford University

Additional Resources

*This certificate neither substitutes for, nor leads to, being board certified as a genetic counselor (ABGC) or clinical geneticist (ABMG)