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415.620.92 Introduction to Genetic Counseling I

Health Behavior and Society
1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Lori Erby
Course Instructor :

Introduces the scope of genetic counseling practice, laying a foundation for the JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. Compares definitions of genetic counseling with objectives, practice standards and a code of ethics. Explores genetic counseling values as they relate to roles and responsibilities toward clients. Introduces ethical, legal and policy issues specific to genetic counseling in conjunction with a research agenda for the future. Includes case discussion, verbal critiquing of primary literature, role-playing, and semi-formal debates.

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
  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