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Introduction to Genetic Counseling I

NIH - Bethesda, MD
1st term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Megan Cho

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Participation
  • 30% Midterm
  • 30% Final Exam


Final grade applies to all terms

Enrollment Restriction:

Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: