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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014

Presents an overview of analysis of human genes relevant to the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases, and examines the genetic basis for disease susceptibility and potential for harmful effects of usage of genetic technologies. Considers the role of patent policy, the biotechnology industry, the media, and other forces in disseminating new discoveries as will policies for assuring the safety and effectiveness of new genetic technologies. May also cover implications of genetic discoveries in food crops and animals. Student evaluation based on preparation for presentations (including written summaries), class participation, and a paper or take-home exam.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
identify and analyze complex public policy issues related to genetics and genomics
Discuss the history of genetics related to public policy
Discuss the federal legislative and regulatory process related to biomedical research issues
evaluate the pros and cons of various public policy options
explain the basic concepts of genetic counseling to a lay or policy audience

Methods of Assessment: The grades will be based on class participation (1/3), presentation of individual topics (1/3) and the paper (1/3).
Location: NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Friday 12:00 - 1:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required


Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2015-2016