Areas of Focus

Education & Training

The overall aim of Education & Training is to develop an interdisciplinary, team science approach for precision health education at U-M and Michigan Medicine. As precision health evolves, the need for a research and professional workforce experienced in this field has become a reality. As health research continues to embrace the team science model, it is becoming more important for the next generation of scientists and health care professionals to have a broad understanding of the many fields impacted by precision health.

Education & Training offers a unique Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program that is available to all U-M graduate and professional students. The certificate program offers opportunities to develop skills specific to the emerging field of precision health.


Gretchen A. Piatt, MPH, PhD
Director of Graduate Certificate Program

Gretchen Piatt is an associate professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences (DLHS) in the Medical School and of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. Dr. Piatt serves as the Associate Chair for Educational Programs in DLHS, and is the Graduate Chair for the Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems (HILS) MS/PhD program and Director of the Precision Health Graduate Certificate Program. Dr. Piatt completed her masters and doctoral training at the University of Pittsburgh in chronic disease epidemiology and is a formally trained implementation scientist. She has expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating community interventions aimed at improving health care delivery in ethnic minority and underserved populations with diabetes. She leads research teams that design and evaluate interventions in the primary and secondary prevention of diabetes and its complications, including implementation and evaluation of self-management support interventions in underserved communities, federally qualified health centers, and primary care.


Education & Training Goals:

  • With outreach to ongoing educational initiatives, devise a comprehensive PH learning environment that also ensures community and patient engagement in learning
  • Initiate a program of undergraduate and graduate research training in PH
  • Working with key partners, devise practical training for health professionals wishing to use PH resources in their research
  • Facilitate the education and training of currently practicing health professionals (continuing medical education).
  • In the real-world hospital/clinic environment, invoke knowledge-to-practice (K2P) methods focused on implementation of actionable insights and resulting in practice change at the individual, group, and organizational levels
  • Provide education to patients participating in these efforts so they can understand what this approach may mean for them personally, as well as for society