Clinical Genetics: Medical and Public Health Perspectives


This course covers core concepts in basic and applied genetics and their role in clinical medicine, public health, and genetic counseling, including diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease,


What you can learn.

  • Understand basic genomics terminology as it relates to medicine and public health
  • Explore major ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding genomics
  • Learn the applications of genomics to public health and patient care throughout the lifecycle
  • Critically examine the literature in genomics, medicine, and public health
  • Utilize basic genomics terminology comfortably and proficiently within medical and public health settings

About this course:

This course discusses core concepts in basic and applied genetics, exploring their relevance to clinical medicine, public health, and genetic counseling. The course begins with a review of introductory molecular genetics and genetic epidemiology, then explores the role of genetics in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease throughout the life cycle. Through readings and threaded online discussions, students also examine the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics in medical practice, research, and population health. The completion of weekly multiple-choice review questions promotes mastery of the information presented. The course culminates with a Journal Club project that allows the student to focus on a topic of personal interest.

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