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This six week, inter-disciplinary course provides an introduction to ethical, legal, social, and policy issues that arise in the translation of genomic knowledge into medical and public health practice. It considers challenges in health related and reproductive testing/screening focusing on six specific areas:
- Pre-conception genetic diagnosis, and prenatal testing/screening
- Newborn screening
- Use of genomic sequencing technologies to diagnose and predict disease
- Targeting genomic testing/screening by race/ethnicity.
- Direct-to-consumer genomic testing/screening
- Use of “big data” for genomic research and genomic translation
Course Objectives :
1. Critique the promise of genomics and precision medicine for improving health outcomes for individuals and populations.
2. Through analysis of key cases, demonstrate an understanding of the ethical, legal, social, and policy (ELSI) challenges that accompany the translation of new genomic knowledge into clinical medicine and public health practice.
3. Apply a critical analysis of ELSI concerns to your professional practice (if relevant), your interest as a potential user of genomic knowledge, and as a citizen with a responsibility to shape health policy.
Introduction to Genetics in Medicine and Public Health, Genetics as a Tool in Cancer Prevention, and Genetic Screening.
Genetic Technology in the Prediction and Diagnosis of Disease
Race and Genetics
Direct to Consumer Testing
Where Do We Go From Here?