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New Genetic Technologies and Public Policy

NIH - Bethesda, MD
4th Term
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method
Hybrid Asynchronous and Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Friday, 12:00 - 1:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Other Year
Next Offered
2025 - 2026


Examines the potential for harmful effects of usage of genetic technologies. Considers the role of patent policy, the biotechnology industry, the media, and other forces in disseminating new discoveries as well as policies for assuring the safety and effectiveness of new genetic technologies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and analyze complex public policy issues related to genetics and genomics
  2. Discuss the history of genetics related to public policy
  3. Discuss the federal legislative and regulatory process related to biomedical research issues
  4. Evaluate the pros and cons of various public policy options
  5. Explain the basic concepts of genetic counseling to a lay or policy audience
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 34% Participation
  • 33% Presentation(s)
  • 33% Written Assignment(s)