The Genetic Health Studies Certificate program is specifically designed to provide focus to the broader Health Promotion and Wellness Major. The certificate is intended for Health Promotion and Wellness majors who are interested in studying the role of genetics and genomics in the promotion of health and preventing disease. The Genetic Health Studies Certificate will prepare graduates to work in clinical support level positions in genetic health care settings, as Genetic Counseling Assistants or with additional coursework in the sciences to pursue graduate education for genetic counseling.

Any Lander student may pursue the certificate in Genetic Health Studies; it is not necessary that the student be in the Health Promotion and Wellness Major. Students who complete the B.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness with an emphasis in Genetic Health Studies will also be awarded the Genetic Health Studies Certificate. The Genetic Health Studies certificate program includes the following sequence of courses:

Students must earn at least a “C” in all course to receive the Genetic Counseling Assistant certificate

Because state law specifies that four-year degree-granting institutions may not offer undergraduate degrees lower than a baccalaureate, Lander University offers certificate programs to students who are required to either 1) already have completed a baccalaureate degree, and/or 2) be concurrently enrolled in a baccalaureate program at Lander University. In the event that a student completes the coursework for the certificate and does not graduate from Lander with a baccalaureate degree, the courses for the certificate will appear on the student’s transcript, but the certificate will not be awarded.