PM 101: Human Genomics

Created by Jeanette McCarthy, PhD


This is the first course in the Essential Precision Medicine core series that explores the field of genomic and precision medicine. These courses are meant for a lay audience (i.e. non-geneticist) who wishes to gain some basic genomic literacy and an understanding of the foundational concepts and vocabulary used in genomic and precision medicine.

What you'll learn 

In this brief first course (total run time ~30 min) we'll explore the structure and function of the human genome, genetic variation and methods to detect variation. Our courses aim to minimize the jargon and teach precisely what is needed, and not more. If you're looking for a deep understanding of genetics, this isn't the course for you. If you want to be conversational in genomics, are currently working in a field that touches on precision medicine, ready to implement genetic testing in your medical practice,or simply want to understand the value and limits of available genetic tests, you're in the right place!  

After taking this course, you should be able to do the following: 

  • Describe the relationship between DNA, genes and chromosomes 
  • Distinguish different types of genetic variants and their effect on protein structure and function 
  • Explain how allele frequencies are shaped in the population
  • Understand the difference between genotyping and sequencing
Jeanette McCarthy, PhD
Jeanette McCarthy, PhD
Founder, Precision Medicine Advisors and Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University

Jeanette McCarthy has been a leading educator in the field of precision medicine for over a decade. She’s designed and delivered dozens of online courses and in-person workshops to healthcare providers, consumers, diagnostic companies, health IT companies, investors and others worldwide.

Dr. McCarthy spent the early part of her career as a molecular epidemiologist at Millennium Pharmaceuticals and in academia, and currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Duke University and the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF). She is the co-author of Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice, and served as editor-in-chief of Genome, the first magazine dedicated to educating consumers about the promise and challenges of genomic medicine.

Dr. McCarthy is the founder of Precision Medicine Advisors, which brings healthcare organizations, health care providers, diagnostic test developers, health IT companies, investors and others up to speed on the availability, value and limitations of genetic tests on the market and in development.

For feedback or questions about the course or to set up live events, contact us via email: 

You can also follow me on twitter: @genomeducator

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Fast paced and informative

by Edward Kiruluta
PM 101 is a great foundation for understanding precision medicine.