Course Description

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

Instructor

Founder, Precision Medicine Advisors and Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke University

Jeanette McCarthy, PhD

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

  • 1

    PM101: Human Genomics Videos

    • Part 1: Human genome structure and function (8:22)

    • Part 2: Genetic variation (10:46)

    • Part 3: Methods to detect genetic variation (9:28)

  • 2

    PM101 Quiz

    • Human genomics quiz

Reviews

5 star rating

Sandy White

5 star rating

Making it clear

Ken Knight

Super course and well organized path through the material

Super course and well organized path through the material

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5 star rating

Great Learning Material

Terrenz Ai Leng Hng

A great start to understanding the human genome.

A great start to understanding the human genome.

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Excellent

Shailavi Jain

I enjoyed the way the material was presented. Great slides and narration and a good base to learning more.

I enjoyed the way the material was presented. Great slides and narration and a good base to learning more.

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5 star rating

Lynn Deng

5 star rating

Short and help to recall everything in minutes

Yasas Kolambage

Very clear and easy to follow the course. Recommend for medical students!

Very clear and easy to follow the course. Recommend for medical students!

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5 star rating

Excellent course

Fátima Rodríguez Álvarez

I want to congratulate the creators and organizers of the course

I want to congratulate the creators and organizers of the course

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5 star rating

Human Genomics Review

Alexa Bancroft

I enjoyed watching this course. It was clear and concise. It provided the information I needed, without adding unnecessary information.

I enjoyed watching this course. It was clear and concise. It provided the information I needed, without adding unnecessary information.

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Maital Rasmussen

5 star rating

Tim Crowley

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Priti Vijayvargiya

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Tracie Schmidt

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Acknowledgements

Denis Omali

This was a great recapping course in genetics. Contents are well organized and directed to the point.

This was a great recapping course in genetics. Contents are well organized and directed to the point.

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5 star rating

Fast paced and informative

Edward Kiruluta

PM 101 is a great foundation for understanding precision medicine.

PM 101 is a great foundation for understanding precision medicine.

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5 star rating

A great course

CARMEN SOL de la Peña-Cruz

I like the presentation of theses subjects, I think is easy to understand them.

I like the presentation of theses subjects, I think is easy to understand them.

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5 star rating

good

Christine Gorjanc

good, a bit confusing to a novice, so I'm going to listen to it again

good, a bit confusing to a novice, so I'm going to listen to it again

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5 star rating

Educational

Maegen Hahn

The material was very educational

The material was very educational

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Himanshu Mohania

Himanshu Mohania

Excellent course which empowers learning. Thanks PMA' Team

Excellent course which empowers learning. Thanks PMA' Team

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Lucija Lešnjaković

4 star rating

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