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415.675.92 Cancer Genetics: Managing the Risks Through Testing and Counseling

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Friday,  11:00am - 12:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Gillian Hooker
Course Instructor:

Equips graduate students enrolled in the JHU/NHGRI genetic counseling program with principles of genetic components to common diseases, using cancer as the example for this course. Introduces key concepts throughout the course through case-based learning.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. explain the principles of genetic components to common disease using cancer as the example
  2. explain the contribution of major gene mutations to the development of cancer
  3. describe the multi-faceted aspects of genetic testing for cancer susceptibility
  4. use case examples to assess cancer risk
  5. explain the psychological aspects of living at increased risk for cancer
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation and a case-based take-home final exam.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required