Why Choose Brandeis?

Ideal Location

Brandeis skyline

Brandeis University is a vibrant, active and diverse community located in Waltham, MA, only 10 miles from Boston. Our Program is on a non-medical campus and tailors our curriculum to meet the specific needs of genetic counseling students, utilizing the wealth of genetic resources nearby to provide them with extraordinary learning opportunities. Students who study here can also take advantage of all that the campus and Waltham have to offer as well as venture into Boston to explore a city filled with culture and steeped in history.

Abundant Resources

The education of our students, both in and out of the classroom, benefits from being strategically located near a major city with world-renowned research institutions, exceptional clinical care, an ever-expanding list of diagnostic laboratories and excellent services for individuals with disabilities or genetic conditions. In addition to the medical community in Boston, we utilize other outstanding resources in the Boston suburbs, Worcester, MA, Providence, RI and southern New Hampshire. This culminates in our students learning from a wide variety of genetic counselors, families, and other professionals who bring different perspectives and a broad range of expertise to both the classroom and their external experiences.

Strong Sense of Community

The Brandeis Program is designed to provide strong mentorships to each of our students during their two years with us. The Leadership Team, Research Advisor, other faculty members and genetic counselors in the local community work closely with students throughout their coursework, internships, thesis projects and in all areas of professional development. The Brandeis faculty also maintains close relationships with students after they graduate, resulting in an expansive alumni network throughout the United States and Canada.

“In all honesty, Brandeis has become my second family.  I felt supported throughout all of my training and even after I had graduated.  This program truly made me fall in love with the profession of genetic counseling.”    Class of 2017 alumnus

Patients and Family Perspectives

The Brandeis Genetic Counseling Program was one of the first to incorporate disability awareness and education into its curriculum.  And while many others have followed in our footsteps, students at Brandeis still have a number of unique experiences as part of their training. In the first year, each student works with individuals impacted by a variety of disabilities in an educational or clinical setting and also spends time with a “family pal” who has at least one child affected with a genetic condition. In addition, all students hear the stories of individuals and families during both their Fieldwork class in the fall of their first year and our annual “Learning from Personal Narratives” series.  All of these experience give our students a deeper understanding of the joys and challenges individuals and families impacted by a disability or genetic condition face and ultimately coalesce in them incorporating the patient-voice into their work as genetic counselors in a variety of settings post-graduation.