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New Genetic Technologies and Public Policy

NIH - Bethesda, MD
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Friday,  12:00 - 1:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Mary Ann Dunevant
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2021 - 2022



Examines the 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 well as policies for assuring the safety and effectiveness of new genetic technologies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify and analyze complex public policy issues related to genetics and genomics
  2. Discuss the history of genetics related to public policy
  3. Discuss the federal legislative and regulatory process related to biomedical research issues
  4. Evaluate the pros and cons of various public policy options
  5. Explain the basic concepts of genetic counseling to a lay or policy audience
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (34%), oral presentation of a chosen topic (33%), and three one-page policy briefing documents (33%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required