Genetic predisposition testing for common diseases

taught by Jeanette McCarthy, PhD

Course description

Genetic Predisposition Testing for Common Diseases was developed to teach health care providers how to use genetic testing to prevent and manage common diseases, like cancer and heart disease. The course consists of 7 short modules (~80 min total run time) covering practical aspects of genetic testing for common diseases. We cover how to: distinguish clinically valid tests from not so valid tests; choose an appropriate test for your patient; select a testing lab; interpret test results; and communicate with patients. The course is suitable for physicians and other health care practitioners. It's helpful to have some basic genomics/genetics as a prerequisite (like our Essential Precision Medicine series). Students should walk away with the confidence to begin using genetic predisposition testing in their practice. Watch our free intro video to learn more! 

Jeanette McCarthy, PhD
Jeanette McCarthy, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University|Founder, Precision Medicine Advisors

Jeanette McCarthy is a genome scientist and leading educator in the field of precision medicine. She spent the early part of her career in industry at Millennium Pharmaceuticals before transitioning to academia. She currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Duke University and UCSF and teaches Genomic and Precision Medicine in the UC system and online. In 2014 she helped launch the first consumer-facing magazine in this field, Genome, where she served as editor-in-chief. She has been designing and delivering custom workshops and courses to international audiences of health care providers, consumers and stakeholders for years and recently co-authored a new book from McGraw Hill Education, Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice.

Course Curriculum

Predisposition testing - Introduction
07:09
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Part 1: Clinically valid and useful genetic tests for common diseases
19:10
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Part 2: Choosing a test
12:18
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Part 3: Interpreting genetic test reports
13:01
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Part 4: Selecting a genetic testing laboratory
08:38
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Part 5: Communicating with patients
07:53
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Part 6: Less clinically valid tests for common diseases
11:34
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Quiz
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