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Practical Genetic Counseling

NIH - Bethesda, MD
1st term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  5:30 - 7:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Julie Sapp

415.610 addresses the chromosomal basis of heredity, chromosomes and genes, tools of human molecular genetics, single gene inheritance, variation, polymorphism and mutation, genes in populations and genes in families. 415.611 presents the role of genetic counseling in health care and emphasizes the essential components of prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetics services. Indications for referral and genetics education and counseling components are illustrated using care examples. Clinical skills and tools are taught including family, medical and development history taking and pedigree construction. Additional case management skills such as the choice of laboratory and test interpretation, and issues in billing and reimbursment of genetic counseling services are addressed. 415.612 -613 expand on the previous two courses to examine the Hemoglobinapathics and Thalassemias as models of molecular pathology, the molecular/biochemical basis of genetic disease, genetics of cancer, gene mapping

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss genetic counseling within clinical and research genetics services
  2. Practice the skills needed for taking family and medical histories and constructing pedigrees
  3. Explain the components of prenatal, pediatric, and adult genetics services and the role of genetic counseling
  4. Contrast genetic counseling in clinical research settings and service settings
  5. Explain various models of genetic counseling and how they pertain to overall service delivery and outcomes
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Problem sets

Enrollment Restriction:

Course restricted to ScM in Genetic Counseling students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required