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Genetic Counseling Seminar: Topics in the Field

NIH - Bethesda, MD
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Lori Erby

Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program


Offers a dynamic forum for discussion that focuses on genetic counseling research, policy, and education and their impact on clinical practice. Invites a diverse group of professionals to present topics well suited for class discussion. Includes student-led case presentations to highlight the psychological, social, and ethical issues in genetic counseling. Exposes students to a variety of client attitudes, reactions, and experiences by including clients who have personal experience with a genetic condition or familial risk as speakers.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Present concise case summaries and exchange impressions of the psychological, social, and ethical aspects of genetic counseling
  2. Establish relationships with other students to facilitate mentoring, strategizing, and camaraderie
  3. Describe provocative issues in the field of genetic counseling
  4. Explain the types of cases and professional issues encountered by genetic counselors
  5. Describe the variety of genetic counseling research topics
  6. Describe programs in policy and ethics related to genetic counseling
  7. Describe the personal experiences of those with genetic conditions or living at increased risk
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

ScM in Genetic Counseling students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for non-ScM in Genetic Counseling students.

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

ScM in Genetic Counseling students must register for all four terms. Non-ScM in Genetic Counseling students are only required to register for either the two fall or two spring terms.