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Societal Implications of Genomics (POPH90226)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90226
Semester 1
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This subject will examine the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetics and genomics. It will be organised into 3 overarching topics:

  • The principles of ethical and legal frameworks will be introduced, and will be applied in the context of genomics in healthcare practice, with consideration of professional and personal values.
  • The foundations of public health will be introduced and applied to public health genomics programs, particularly genetic screening.
  • Personal genomic testing will be discussed from multiple perspectives, including historical, ethical, regulatory and social. How genetics is communicated and genetic literacy in the community will be explored.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Explain why a given clinical situation is ethically/legally problematic
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour in health related settings
  • Evaluate the integration of genomic technologies into public health practice
  • Interpret results of personal genomic testing
  • Explain the utility of personal genomic tests
  • Produce written information about personal genomics for a general audience

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and development of logical arguments
  • Recognition of the importance of research evidence in health policy development and translation in public health practice
  • Review and interpretation of published literature
  • Communication skills - ability to translate and convey complex information to a broad audience

Last updated: 19 July 2019