6 Courses Required

The sixth elective course in the Stanford Genetics and Genomics certificate program, New Frontiers in Cancer Genomics (XGEN206) is now available for enrollment!

The Human Genome Project has ushered in a dramatic expansion and acceleration of genetics and genomics research. DNA sequencing technologies promise to advance the field of personalized healthcare, and genome-wide studies have identified numerous genes associated with common diseases and human traits. Commercial applications of genetics research are growing rapidly.

The Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate program utilizes the expertise of the Stanford faculty along with top industry leaders to teach cutting-edge topics in the field of genetics and genomics. Beginning with the fundamentals of genetics and genomics, participants will build a solid base of knowledge to explore and understand advanced genetics topics of interest.

You Will Gain

  • A solid foundation of knowledge in the field of genetics
  • A broad understanding of the fundamentals of genomics
  • An introduction to cutting edge technologies used in the field
  • Familiarity with industry and medically-relevant applications
  • Real-world skills that will make you more marketable

Who Should Enroll

  • Medical sales representatives
  • Emerging technology leaders, strategists and venture capitalists who trade within the science-medical space
  • R&D managers and new product teams 
  • Medical practitioners looking to expand their knowledge in the scientific world
  • Directors, Managers or Administrators who work in non-scientific roles in scientific environments

Additional Details

Federal Financial Aid Available:

Earning the Certificate

Participants have the flexibility of taking individual courses within the program or earning the Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate by completing 2 core courses and 4 elective courses. Courses may be taken at your own pace online. We strongly recommend that participants complete Fundamentals of Genetics: The Genetics You Need to Know (XGEN101) and Genomics and the Other Omics: The Comprehensive Essentials (XGEN102).

Each course consists of online lecture videos, self-paced exercises, and a final exam. Lecture videos are presented in short segments for easier viewing and frequent self-reflection.

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  • 5 years of work experience, preferably in science or tech related fields
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • High school level knowledge of biology and chemistry
  • An investigative and scientific spirit


  • $695 per Required Course
  • $495 per Elective Course
  • $75 one-time document fee ?

Time to Complete Certificate

Courses are self-paced. Each course is available for 90 days after date of enrollment.



Stanford Genetics and Genomics Certificate Application
This program requires an accepted application. Applications may be submitted online at anytime. Sample Application