Program Overview - Applied Bioinformatics (Graduate Certificate)

Lead the Application of Genomic Information

With ongoing public attention on the Human Genome Project, understanding, analyzing, and interpreting genomic data continue to be a focus across many disciplines. By merging biology, computer science, and information technology, bioinformatics allows us to combine mathematics and computers to gain a better understanding of biological processes.

Professionals in this field will be required to use technologies to gather, store, analyze, and integrate biological and genetic information, which can then be applied to gene-based drug discovery and development.

To help you learn about the latest techniques, Penn State World Campus has partnered with Penn State's Eberly College of Science to offer the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics.

Why a Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics at Penn State?

The online Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics is designed to provide you with an in-depth understanding of computational and statistical concepts that can be applied to genomic data, enabling you to make informed decisions about cellular behavior and activity.

The program’s unique theory-to-practice approach also allows you to gain practical, hands-on experience in a wide variety of data analysis scenarios including RNA-Seq gene expression, genome variation, SNP calling as well as genome assembly studies.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a professional wishing to advance your career—or if you want to make a career change—this certificate allows you to complete your study assignments at your own pace through the convenience of online courses. You may also find this program beneficial if you are working in a field such as molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biomedical engineering, medical science, scientific programming, or software development.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

With the applied bioinformatics graduate certificate, you can use your acquired knowledge and skills as a:

  • bioinformatics scientist
  • bioinformatics technician
  • bioinformatics statistician, biostatistician
  • system biologist
  • field bioinformatics scientist
  • next generation sequencing analyst
  • scientific programmer
  • bioinformatics programmer
  • clinical pipeline developer
  • genome curator
  • bioanalyst
  • bioinformatics software developer
  • biomedical engineer
  • geneticist