415.613.92 | AY 2013-2014 - 3rd Term | 2 Credit(s)
T 5:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • explain the role of alcohol in causing birth defects
    • explain the types of prenatal screening and diagnosis
    • explain genetics in limb anomalies and dysmorphic syndromes, pulmonary disorders, kidney disorders, skin disorders, eye disorders, and deafness
    • compile differential diagnoses based upon major findings of a patient
    • distinguish among genetic conditions specific to a body system
    • differentiate the features of the more common genetic disorders
    • target family and medical histories to disease systems
  • Course Description

    Provides a foundation in medical genetics. Focuses on teaching genetic disorders using a systems approach. Presents an overview of the disease process and differential diagnosis of related genetic disorders. Includes the following topics: birth defects/embryology, prenatal diagnosis, pulmonary disorders, muscle diseases, hemoglobinopathies, ocular diseases, kidney disorders, craniosynostoses, skin disorders, deafness, because knowledge of the genetic contribution to disorders within these categories is critical to the work of genetic counselors and medical geneticists. Prepares students for the board certification exam given by the American Board of Genetic Counseling upon completion of the ScM in genetic counseling.

  • Intended Audience

    ScM students in Genetic Counseling and Medical Genetics Fellows.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Written examination and class participation

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    415.611 and 415.612

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.