Who is this class for: This course is directed toward learners with an interest in bioethics, genetics, medical genetics, genetic counseling, public health, as well as members of the broader public with an interest in the ethical, legal, social, and policy issues raised by the new science of genomics.

Created by:  University of California, San Francisco

  • Wylie Burke, MD, PhD

    Taught by:  Wylie Burke, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington

    2013-14 Presidential Chair, University of California, San Francisco

  • Barbara A. Koenig, PhD

    Taught by:  Barbara A. Koenig, PhD, Professor of Medical Anthropology & Bioethics

    Dept. of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Health & Aging, & Dept. of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine

  • Julie N. Harris-Wai, Ph.D., MPH

    Taught by:  Julie N. Harris-Wai, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Adjunct Professor

    Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
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University of California, San Francisco
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 of 5 ratings

Many new technologies are overhyped and the value of this technology is often overestimated. This course provided me new insights of using genetics to improve health. It gave me a more realistic expectation of benefits of genetic technology in the near future. It raises the questions about not only benefits but risks of using genetic technologies and what we can do about it.

I really did not know what to expect when I took this course in terms of the breadth of the challenges and considerations of genomic medicine. Dr. Burke is masterful in her presenting these issues and making you think. Especially on the issues related to the commercialization of products that are emerging and the differing views from others in the field. A sign of well presented course is that there was no evidence of bias towards one position or another. That's real teaching.