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Get an Introduction to Genetic Counseling


This inter-disciplinary course provides an introduction to the growing field of genetic counseling and covers fundamental topics relevant to professional practice including genetics and genetic disorders; emerging technologies; risk assessment; Inter-personal, psychosocial and communication skills, including trauma; personalized medicine; and ethics. Students will test their knowledge using case studies representing a range of common areas of practice including pediatrics, prenatal care and family planning, general genetics, laboratory and research, and oncology and will interview and engage with practicing genetic counselors. This course will introduce students to this exciting field and will give students interested in graduate school increased exposure to the profession.

Course Objectives:

  • Gain introductory, inter-disciplinary training that strengthens an understanding of the field of genetic counseling as a healthcare profession
  • Learn the basic principles in genetics, psychology, counseling, and ethics
  • Students will have exposure to practicing genetic counselors; interviewing a genetic counselor will be part of the curriculum
  • Students will hear from guest speakers covering a various case studies

Course Number: BIOL-40359
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)

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