Durham College (DC) is one of only two Canadian colleges to offer a Clinical Bioinformatics Ontario college graduate certificate program. With a rise in demand for specialized professionals in the dynamic and innovative field of bioinformatics, DC’s unique and specialized curriculum includes Leadership and Project Management as well as Knowledge Translation and Mobilization Strategies to help ensure students can effectively leverage analytical approaches to draw meaningful insights from big data.
This program provides students with a holistic approach by blending a strong foundation of theory with hands-on techniques. Using data mining tools and analytical methods to assess scientific data, students will develop treatment plans and monitor trends in genetic data, preparing them for the in-demand fields of genomics and proteomics.
Graduates of this program will be proficient in using industry-based software for biological data analysis, identifying and evaluating disease and disorder-associated biomarkers and determining the therapeutic efficacy of drugs. They will have the skills to develop methodologies and hypotheses, utilizing current bioinformatics software to manage large genetic databases and research the pathology of diseases to develop treatment hypotheses.
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The Canadian bio-health economy is rapidly growing and it is expected that an additional 36,000 workers will be needed to meet the labour market demand in the next five years. Established to meet the needs of the developing medical informatics, computational biology and medical technology fields, Durham College’s (DC) Clinical Bioinformatics Ontario college graduate certificate program is specifically designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and expertise required to further their careers through focused use of data and data analytics for disease pathology research. Graduates from this program are specialized in the area of big biological data management and well-prepared for further career advancement.
By using industry-based software for biological data analysis, including identification and evaluation of disease and disorder-associated biomarkers and determine therapeutic efficacy of drugs, students are equipped with the specialized skills they need to succeed post-graduation. Graduates feel confident in their ability to develop methodologies and hypotheses, utilize current bioinformatics software to manage large genetic databases and research the pathology of diseases to develop treatment hypotheses.
Through a variety of specially designed courses and a mandatory 14-week, 210-hour field placement or simulated project-based field experience, students gain the valuable hands-on experience they need to succeed in the health sciences industry. DC is dedicated to assisting students in securing their field placements and supports them throughout the process.
As a graduate of the Clinical Bioinformatics graduate certificate program, you will be able to:
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyDC.
Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Less than 50% of this program is delivered in-person.
The rest of the coursework will be delivered using hybrid, flexible or online formats. Students will come to campus to complete in-person learning requirements. Detailed schedules, with course-specific delivery information, will be available after registration. Courses, course descriptions and delivery formats are subject to change.
Students gain work-integrated learning experience in a supervised setting through a variety of specialized courses and a mandatory 14-week, 210-hour field placement or simulated project-based field experience at the end of semester two. This is an integral part of this graduate certificate program that equips graduates with the knowledge and skills required to successfully apply your expertise in the bioinformatics field.
There is potential for students to present research findings at scientific conferences, leading to publications. Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.