While the advances in genomics promise to usher a new era in medical practice and create a major paradigm shift in patient care, the ethical, legal and social impact of genomic medicine will be equally significant. The information and potential use of genomic discoveries are no longer issues left for scientists and medical professionals to handle, but have become ones for the public at large. Rarely a day passes without a genomics-related story reported in the media. By the end of this course, students will be able to better understand the field of genomics; be familiar with various online databases and resources; and understand and appreciate the medical, social, ethical, and legal issues associated with the availability of personal genomic information.
Given the diversity of the topics and the specific expertise required to cover each, this is a unique cross-disciplinary course where faculty from different disciplines including genetics, computational sciences, bioinformatics, genetic counseling, bioethics, law, and business will participate in lecturing. We have assembled a team of experts from various departments at Georgetown University and other institutions, to teach this comprehensive online genomics course.
For a detailed description of the weekly topics, see the course outline.
Ken Sellers completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course does a pretty good job of answering the question, "Where does genomic medicine stand right now?" The class is basically a series of short seminars. Each week features an informative look at a specific aspect of genomic medicine, on topics ranging from genomics in the laboratory to real-world usage of genomics as a diagnostic tool. With the notable exception of a useless marketing guy, all of the speakers were moderately to highly informative. There was no work required other than watching the videos.
Melissa Wood is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found the course to be quite dull and with new leacturers each week, sometimes more than one, it was hard to develop any rapport with the teacher. While the course coordinator tried to give a clear structure to the course, having different people give...
I found the course to be quite dull and with new leacturers each week, sometimes more than one, it was hard to develop any rapport with the teacher. While the course coordinator tried to give a clear structure to the course, having different people give independent lectures each week meant that the material was disjointed and didn't really flow on from one week to the next. Also, compulsory discussion forum participation for 20% of the mark put me off as it always seems to lead to discussion forums being flooded with inane comments from people forced to write when they have nothing much to say. Other courses I've taken have shown that the discussion forum is a lively and cooperative environment when students are allowed the choice of participating or not. Even those who do know contribute can gain a lot from browsing the forums.