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Cancer Genetics: Managing the Risks Through Testing and Counseling

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Hybrid Asynchronous and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  9:30 - 11:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Lori Erby

Equips graduate students enrolled in the JHU/NHGRI Genetic Counseling Program and medical genetics fellows with the genetic principles of common, complex disease using cancer as the example. Introduces key concepts throughout the course through case-based learning. Provides background for future clinical cancer genetics rotations.

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Assignments
  • 50% Exam(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required