Genomics in medical practice

Created by Jeanette McCarthy, PhD


This is the third course in the Essential Precision Medicine core series that explores the field of genomic and precision medicine. These courses are meant for a lay person (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 course (total run time ~30 min) we'll explore the various applications of genomics in medical practice today. You’ll hear how genetic testing is currently being used across the lifespan from prenatally to adulthood, to diagnose and prevent diseases. We’ll also touch upon some of the emerging applications, including microbiome and infectious disease testing and discuss the barriers to widespread uptake of genomic and precision medicine in practice.

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 test you ordered from 23andMe, you're in the right place!

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

  • Discuss different types of genetic testing currently available
  • Identify the key barriers to uptake of precision medicine in practice
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 co-authored Precision Medicine: A Guide to Genomics in Clinical Practice. (2016, McGraw Hill Education).


Introduction and Genetic carrier screening
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Non-invasive prenatal testing
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Diagnostic sequencing of rare idiopathic diseases
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Genetic predisposition testing
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Targeted cancer treatment
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Hurdles to widespread adoption of precision medicine
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