415.619.92 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
F 12:00:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • identify and analyze complex public policy issues related to genetics and genomics
    • Discuss the history of genetics related to public policy
    • Discuss the federal legislative and regulatory process related to biomedical research issues
    • evaluate the pros and cons of various public policy options
    • explain the basic concepts of genetic counseling to a lay or policy audience
  • Course Description

    Presents an overview of analysis of human genes relevant to the detection, prevention, and treatment of diseases, and examines the genetic basis for disease susceptibility and potential for harmful effects of usage of genetic technologies. Considers the role of patent policy, the biotechnology industry, the media, and other forces in disseminating new discoveries as will policies for assuring the safety and effectiveness of new genetic technologies. May also cover implications of genetic discoveries in food crops and animals. Student evaluation based on preparation for presentations (including written summaries), class participation, and a paper or take-home exam.

  • Intended Audience

    ScM in Genetic Counseling students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: The grades will be based on class participation (1/3), presentation of individual topics (1/3) and the paper (1/3).

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites


  • 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.