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Clinical Genetics for Genetic Counselors I

3rd term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Lori Erby

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. 415.611.92 and 415.612.92 Introduction to Human Genetics I and II


Aims to equip graduate students enrolled in the JHU/NIH Genetic Counseling Training Program with the basic knowledge needed to enter into clinical genetic counseling rotations in a variety of settings. Introduces the most common categories of genetic conditions associated with each body system using a series of modules. Provides an overview of the functioning of the relevant body system prior to covering the phenotypic features of the most common categories of hereditary conditions of relevance to that system. Includes topics: clinical presentation, considerations for family and medical history-taking and optimal diagnostic strategies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the primary characteristics of a variety of the most commonly encountered genetic conditions
  2. Identify the most appropriate diagnostic approach when a patient presents with a characteristic phenotype
  3. Summarize the range of outcomes associated with a variety of the most commonly encountered genetic conditions
  4. Recognize the types of clinical genetics questions likely to appear on the ABGC Board exam
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 80% Quizzes
  • 20% LiveTalks

Enrollment Restriction:

primarily restricted to ScM students in genetic counseling

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

This course is designed for ScM students in genetic counseling. All other students require permission of instructor.

For consent, contact: