The last few decades have witnessed an exponential growth in knowledge, catapulting genetics from obscurity to a pre eminent place in health-care. New information about causative genes, disease diagnosis and available treatment options for several single gene and complex genetic disorders as well as several birth defects, are now known making disease diagnosis and treatment easier. It is critical that clinicians learn about these developments and incorporate this knowledge into their practice.
Genetic Counseling (GC) is an advanced specialty of Human Genetics, that provides information and advice to families affected with genetic disorders through increased understanding of genetic diseases, discussing disease management options, anticipating the risks and explaining the benefits of testing.
Counseling the patients for the prevention/management of the debilitating genetic disorders is highly essential for the fabrication of healthy mankind.
Programme Structure – 77 Credits
The importance and demand for GC have surfaced in present times, firstly due to the availability of genetic information owing to the mapping of Human Genome Project, and secondly due to the translation of this information for clinical use. By the virtue of above facts, this course has been designed to mould the students into well equipped and efficient genetic counselors ready to meet the challenges in clinical genomic medicine and provide a better service to mankind.
Each and every patient should be able to benefit from individualized therapy based on their unique genetic makeup; however, this can become a reality only when clinicians are able to comprehend the genetics behind the diseases and syndromes. More importantly the implications of these must be explained to the patients and relatives in a professional and compassionate manner. Such education and counseling accompanying genetic testing is provided by Genetic Counselors in all developed countries; this kind of professional training is being given for the first time in India for clinicians.
Our Skilled NanoDegree in Genetic Counselling has been designed for General Medical Practitioners, Specialist Medical Practitioners (for example Paediatrics, General Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Oncology), Allied Health Professionals (Clinical Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists), Nurses (Cancer, Cardiac, Paediatric, Neurology etc.) and Midwives. In addition, the course would be of interest to those with related undergraduate degrees (e.g. Dietetics, Biomedical Science, Pharmacy) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.
- Critically apply the principles of genetic counselling to complex clinical situations
- Selectively apply relevant ethical, moral and legal issues to the diagnosis, testing and counselling of patients
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
Please note: applications will be considered on a monthly rolling basis and you will hear back from the School once a decision has been made.
- MBBS / BDS / BSc Nursing / Human Genetics /Human Biology / Medical Biotechnology / Molecular Biology and Allied Health from a recognized university.
- Sc. Life Sciences preferably degree in Nursing or Human Genetics or Human Biology or Medical Biotechnology or Molecular Biology with aggregate percentage of 55% and above OR MBBS degree recognized by Medical Council of India
- Video blogs
- Articles and case study reviews
- Individual and group presentations
- MCQs and online quizzes
- Mini research project
- Reports and paper reviews
- Written examinations
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
Identify why people have genetic counselling and the different contexts in which people receive genetic counselling.
Describe the different skills and knowledge needed by genetic counsellors.
Compare genetic counselling in different contexts and different countries.
Reflect on some ethical issues that arise in genetic counselling.
Discuss the role of genetic counselling in healthcare as we enter the ‘genomic era’.
BSGM 1001 Basics of Human Genetics
- Basics of Human Genetics
- Morphology of Chromosomes – I
- Morphology of Chromosomes – II
- Sex Chromosomes
- Structural Abnormalities Involving Human Chromosomes
- Numerical Chromosomal Abnormalities
- Mitosis & Meiosis
- Cell Cycle DNA Synthesis and Repair
- Pedigree Analysis
- Autosomal Dominant Inheritance
- Autosomal Recessive Inheritance
- X-Linked Inheritance
BSGM 1002 Molecular and Biochemical Genetics
BSGM 1003 Clinical Genetics
- Overview of Metabolism
- Inborn Metabolic Disorders
- Genetic Diseases of Metabolic Pathways
- Immunological Disorders
- Genetic Aspects of Immunology
- Male Reproductive System
- Female Reproductive System
- Menstrual Cycle
- Fertilization and Pregnancy
- Embryology In Brief
- sex determination
- Ambiguous Genitalia And X-linked Diseases
- Genetics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
BSGM 1004 Applied Genetics
- Cancer Genetics
- Skin as a Window to Genetic Diseases
- Dynamic Mutations
- Genetic Disorders
- Chronic Leukemias
- Transfusion Medicine
- Hereditary Cancer Syndromes
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Endometrial Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancer
- GIT Cancer
- Population Genetics
- Ovarian Cancer
- Role of Antenatal Scans
BSGM 1005 Genetic Testing and Genetic Counselling
- Genetic Tests for Better Health Care
- Medical Ethics
- Pre Natal Diagnosis
- Molecular Biology Techniques
- Genomic DNA Isolation from Blood
- Gel Electrophoresis
- Basics on Polymerase Chain Reaction
- Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism
- DNA Sequencing Technologies
- Comet Assay
- Biochemical Tests
- Haematological Tests
- Infertility Tests
- Introduction to Counselling
- Individual Genetic Counselling
- Family Counselling
- Group Counselling
- Infertility Counselling
- Prenatal Counselling
- Thalassemia Counselling