415.624.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 4th Term | 3 Credit(s)
M 3:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

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

    • Identify some of the defining moments in the ELSI history of human genetics, and discuss why they are important
    • Analyze the ethical, legal and social issues at play during these moments in history
    • Discuss how these defining moments have influenced contemporary and emerging issues in the genetic sciences
  • Course Description

    Examines the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of human genetics and genomics through the lens of significant and field-defining periods and events in the history of the field. Examines the ELSI raised by those events, and how the events have shaped and defined the current state of the science and emerging scientific, ethical, policy and public health issues.

  • Intended Audience

    ScM in Genetic Counseling students and others interested in the topic. Intended for an interdisciplinary group of graduate students (human genetics, genetic counseling, public health, nursing etc.)

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Class participation, brief written assignments, and paper at end of term.

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Prerequisites

    It is recommended, though not required, that students have taken a genetics course.

  • 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.