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University of Leeds

MedTech: Exploring the Human Genome

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Learn how genomics is changing the future of healthcare

Advances in genomics have opened up exciting new possibilities for healthcare. On this course, you’ll learn what genomics is, and how it can revolutionise patient care. You’ll learn how genomic testing works, and consider the regulatory and ethical issues that surround it.

You’ll explore how genomics can improve patient care by understanding how genomic data helps clinicians to identify illness risk more accurately, using the specific examples of cancer and epidemics such as Zika virus disease. You will also look at the future of genomics, and how it might impact healthcare roles.

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech product design and genomics.

The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.


  • An introduction to genomics
    • Welcome
    • What is genomics?
    • Who are the stakeholders?
    • The challenges of genomic testing
    • Revision
    • Summary
  • Genomics technology and healthcare
    • About Week 2
    • Addressing patient needs
    • How are healthcare roles evolving?
    • MedTech innovations
    • Revision
    • Summary

Taught by

paolo actis


4.9 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

4.4 rating at FutureLearn based on 26 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I learned alot. Thank you team for teaching us. I will miss this class.
    Other students don't stop learning!
    I want to learn more. I loved everything
    You taught. My favorite were the Minion and the Iona test. Happy Thanksgiving. Everyone.
  • Anonymous
    The Course MedTech: Exploring the Human Genome was worth learning as it explain comprehensively the role of genome technologies, their stake holders and future prospects of sequencing technologies.
  • Anonymous
    This course is really amazing i have learnt so many new things about genomics and now i have a better understanding of bioinformatics
    Love this course
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course combining technical knowledge and organisational issues related to genomics applied to patients' care. I also appreciated the assignment and the learning quiz which are bit more testing than MOOC tests.
  • Anonymous
    A high quality course, thought provoking, informative and enlightening.

    The course has been a challenge and I have enjoyed every minute.

    I give it a strong recommendation.

  • Anonymous
    Excellent quality - detailed and well presented - challenging and thought provoking -
    highly recommended. Leeds University must be a super place to be a student.
  • Anonymous
    Course material is very well presented. The length of the course is enough to be engaging, challenging and very interesting.

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