Course Goals

  • Understand the scope of omics research and methods in: genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics
  • Understand omics in terms of investigation for your biological questions (disease etiology, diagnosis, and treatment)
  • Learn about the importance of experimental design in omics research
  • Understand the challenges and limitations of big data analysis, including integration of data, batching, computational resources, and working with team members across all fields.

Omics is a rapidly evolving, multi-disciplinary, and emerging field that encompasses genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Each of these fields offers the possibility to understand and view biology from a global perspective in a way that was previously unthinkable. High-throughput methodologies can rapidly provide a global picture of the processes within cells at multiple levels, allowing for accelerated discoveries in health and disease.

As sequencing technologies improve and costs decline, it’s imperative for biomedical researchers to build a foundational understanding of managing large omics datasets. This online course will cover the different omics areas, including their appropriate applications and experimental challenges.

Session dates

June 30 – December 22, 2021

Time commitment

Self-paced online videos and course work over six months

Application due

June 18, 2021 at 5:00pm ET


  • An introduction to the principles of omics research
  • Investigators who would like to integrate omics approaches into their research


MD, PhD, DMD, PharmD, DNP, ScD, or equivalent


  • Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions
  • CTSA member: $935.00
    (Note: this is a 25% discount off the standard fee.)
  • Non-CTSA member: $1250.00
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy [PDF]
  • Course fees can be modified for participants unable to meet financial requirements due to their geographical location. Email us to inquire about potential eligibility.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.