MS in Genetic Counseling Course Descriptions/List
Introductory Molecular Biology
Basic aspects of molecular biology and genetics.
Principles of Genetic Counseling
History and evolution of the profession as it relates to the provision of clinical services within the healthcare delivery system; introduction to basic genetic counseling skills including case preparation, the interview, family history, risk assessment, and adult education. Introduction to ethical decision making.
Theory and Practice of Genetic Counseling
Overview of the counseling models currently utilized in genetic counseling. Introduction to and preliminary development of the communication, interpersonal, and psychosocial assessment skills needed to conduct a comprehensive genetic consultation. Ethical, legal and social issues.
Practical Applications of Genetic Counseling
Through a variety of instructional methods, students gain a foundation for understanding and applying the practical aspects of genetic counseling to clinical settings in reproductive, pediatric, adult, and cancer genetics.
Advanced Human Genetics
Concepts, problems and methods of human genetics, including population genetics.
Human Development and Teratology
Through lecture, self-study, exam and oral presentation, students learn key aspects of fetal development, the embryological basis of birth defects and genetic dysmorphology syndromes, clinical teratology and the associated medical terminology.
Evaluating the Health Research Literature
Reading and analysis of health care literature with focus on research articles. Principles of health research design and analysis; skills for critical assessment of medical literature.
Year 1 Medical Genetics
Genetics course for first year medical students. Students do not have to register for the course but are required to attend, and to take the examination (scoring the equivalent of “B”or better).
Advanced Genetic Counseling Theory and Practice
Further examination of the major theories of human behavior and how they can be applied to evaluate psychosocial responses to genetic information and how they guide short-term client centered counseling in clinical practice.
Advanced Medical Genetics
A comprehensive review of advanced topics in medical genetics geared towards those who will be specialists in the field.
Genetic Counseling Seminar
A lecture/discussion format seminar for first and second year students combined focusing on issues relevant to medical genetics and the genetic counseling profession. Includes emerging issues, personal genomics and public health genomics. Presentations by students, faculty, and invited speakers.
Senior Seminar in Genetic Counseling
Through lecture, small group discussion, and oral presentation, students hone the skills needed to successfully make the transition to practicing professional.
Open to students in the College of Nursing, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and others. Epidemiologist’s task list; research of problems without known etiology; infectious and noninfectious disease models; examination of current problems. Previously an elective but now strongly recommended/required for genetic counseling students.
Applied Epidemiology (Research Methods Course)
Epidemiological principles, practice, and methodology as applied to researchable health delivery or health questions. Emphasis on design, conduct and analysis of non-experimental studies; student design of study.
Student Plan B research project. Includes one semester of research project seminar. Students must also take research methods course (above). Students who do not complete their research project by the end of the Winter 2 semester may have to register for a 4th credit in Spring/Summer 2.
Genetic Counseling Internship
Students work under the supervision of a genetic counselor/geneticist in a variety of genetic and subspeciality clinics and laboratories.
Clinical Internship 1 - Winter Semester, First Year (1 credit)
Introductory Rotations – attend various clinics (genetics, non-genetics)
Clinical Internship 2 – Beginning Spring/Summer Semester, Second Year (5 credits) (5 - seven week rotations required + laboratory rotation at a combination of the following sites)*
Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
2375 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Fax: (313) 577-9137