Advances in genetics are occurring at a pace that challenges our collective ability to respond to the many social, legal, ethical, and public health policy implications generated by this revolution of knowledge. Consequently, there is a compelling need to prepare future public health professionals in the biology, technology, applications, responsibilities, and issues of genetics information, which will play an increasing role in our understanding of health and disease. All areas of public health can be improved and expanded by examining the role of genetics in public health issues.
The purpose of the Certificate in Public Health Genetics is to provide graduates with a basic grounding in public health genetics that will enable them to function as public health professionals at the cutting edge of this important new area. Students enrolled in this certificate program are trained to incorporate knowledge of how genes, together with the environment and behavior, influence health and apply this insight into their area of practice or research. Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of the role that genetics plays in the development of disease
- Identify the limits of his/her genetics expertise
- Identify ethical and medical, and/or societal limitations to genetic testing, including uses that don’t benetif the individual
- Identify the role of cultural, social, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors in development and prevention of genetic-related diseases