August 30, 2011

New degree in genetic counseling to be offered

The School of Medicine is launching a new academic health professions program in genetic counseling.

The two-year program, housed in the Department of Human Genetics, combines cutting-edge coursework with multiple and varied clinical experiences.

Graduates will receive a master of medical science in human genetics and genetic counseling. The program, directed by Cecelia Bellcross, has received accreditation through the American Board of Genetic Counseling.

"We are excited to offer a novel training program that is built upon the exceptional clinical, research and laboratory expertise of the department faculty and staff, as well as genetic service providers throughout the greater Atlanta area. We are looking forward to the opportunity to train genetic counselors who will become leaders in this era of genomic medicine," says Bellcross, an instructor in the human genetics department.

"While family history and genetic testing are increasingly becoming an integral part of medical care, there is a national shortage of board certified genetic counselors who can help both the health care provider and the patient interpret genetic information related to risk," says Stephen Warren, Department of Human Genetics chair.

Applications are now open for the first class beginning summer of 2012.  Visit for further information.

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