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415.620.92 Introduction to Genetic Counseling I

Health Behavior and Society
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Friday,  12:00 - 1:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Gillian Hooker
Course Instructor:

Compares definitions of genetic counseling (GC) with objectives and service outcomes. Explores counselor values as they relate to roles and responsibilities toward clients. Introduces ethical and policy issues specific to GC in conjunction with a research agenda. Discusses and practices basic tools, including interviewing, history gathering, and case assessment, and nondirective counseling approaches.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. describe the history and goals of genetic counseling;
  2. understand the genetic counseling process and the roles that the counselor and client play in the counseling interaction;
  3. evaluate the role of genetic risk information in disease understanding and decision making; and
  4. discuss the professional, legal, cultural, and ethical implications of how genetic counseling is practiced, today and in the future.
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on class participation and mid-term and final exams.


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program

Instructor Consent:

No consent required