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Introduction to Genetic Counseling I

NIH - Bethesda, MD
1st Term
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Thursday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
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
Enrollment Restriction
Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program
Jointly Offered With