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FORMAT: Online, self-paced


Introduction to Pharmacogenomics is an online mini-course that introduces pharmacogenomics, a scientific discipline that combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person's genetic makeup. 

The mini-course reviews key pharmacogenomic concepts, examples, and implementation challenges. Resources for pharmacogenomic research are presented, and implementation and regulatory issues are discussed. The mini-course consists of five modules. The first module addresses a question "How does genetic information impact drug response in humans?" Module 2 focuses on key concepts in human genomics that are of relevance to pharmacogenomics. The third module reviews key pharmacology concepts and examples. Module 4 is devoted to some of the methods for establishing pharmacogenomics associations. Module 5 and 6 present several pharmacogenomics examples and discuss opportunities and issues for implementing pharmacogenomics in the clinic.

The lectures are taught by Professor Altman of Stanford University and scientific staff from PharmGKB.


Online, self-paced learning consisting of video recorded lectures, and hands-on assessment exercises.


This mini-course is intended for those interested to learn about a relatively new field of pharmacogenomics: students and professionals in the health, biological, pharmaceutical and IT areas.


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Russ Altman, MD, PhD, Stanford University, Professor of Bioengineering, UCSF-Stanford CERSI CO-Director, PharmGKB CO-PI

Natalia Khuri, PhD, Educational Program Director, UCSF-Stanford CERSI

Alison Fohner, PhD, PharmGKB Scientific Data Curator

Michelle Whirl-Carrillo, PhD, PharmGKB Associate Director


How much is the registration fee for the course?

Click on Register HERE link above to see the registration fees and discounts.

Do you offer group discounts?

Depending on the space availability, we do.  Please, contact [email protected] for more information.

How do I access online materials for the course?

Approximately three days before the course start date, you will receive an email from Stanford Canvas inviting you to complete your registration.  Use the link in the email to set up your account.  Check your junk folder if you do not see the email.  If you are having technical problems, contact us by sending an email to [email protected]

Do I need to complete all the modules in the course?

While the lessons contained in each of the five modules are intended to stand alone, we strongly encourage all participants to complete all modules sequentially.

Do you offer a Statement of Accomplishment for completing the course?

Students completing all modules and assessment exercises, with a score of at least 48/60, will be provided with a Statement of Accomplishment by the UCSF-Stanford CERSI.  The statements will be emailed approximately 3-4 business days after the last day of the mini-course.

Do you offer CE Credit?

CE credits not available for this course.

Do I need to buy a textbook?

There is no required textbook associated with this course.

How long should it take to complete this course?

The course is divided into six modules. It should take approximately one hour to finish each module and about three hours to complete assessment exercises.  Thus, we expect that it will take about nine to 12 hours to complete the entire course.

What is the best way to ask questions or provide feedback?

Send your questions to [email protected]