Coursework and Curriculum
The curriculum consists of graduate-level
courses in molecular biology, human genetics, medical genetics,
human reproductive biology, counseling skills and research
methodology as well as a broad array of electives in the
biological sciences, medical sociology, psychology, health
policy and biomedical law and ethics. These courses are
designed to provide students with a solid scientific background,
knowledge of counseling techniques and awareness of the
social and ethical issues in human genetics today. Student
participation in a proseminar and journal club is designed
to foster good judgment and analytical thinking, the basic
skills for long-term professional growth.
series of seminars in genetic counseling and a Master's Thesis complete the academic component of the curriculum.
The seminars, in which students present and discuss cases,
are intended to explore various counseling strategies and
many of the legal, ethical and public policy issues confronting
genetic health practitioners. For the research project,
students may work with a genetic counselor to design and
evaluate an innovative educational tool or counseling strategy
relevant to their clinical work, or should their interest
lean toward basic research, they may pursue either a laboratory-based
project or a qualitative or quantitative study in the field.