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PUBH5126: Genomics and Public Health

This unit caters for practitioners, policy and decision-makers, students and researchers in public health, public policy, journalism, law, epidemiology, medicine, science, industry, ethics, philosophy, screening, communication and advocacy. It gives a basic introduction to concepts in genetics and genomics, and covers real-life examples of how genetics and genomics is used in health settings including genomics for COVID-19 control, genomic testing and screening for cancer, familial hypercholesterolemia, newborns, community settings, and in outbreak investigations. It covers epidemiological, psychosocial, legal, ethical, education and policy aspects of genomic testing, and genetic determinants of disease.

Code PUBH5126
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
PUBH5010 or CEPI5100
Assumed knowledge:
Basic epidemiology No previous knowledge of genetics is required

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Define the general structure and functions of genes, their roles in health and disease and the concept of ‘penetrance’.
  • LO2. Identify the basic study designs to determine how strongly a disease is genetically determined and the contribution of gene and environment interaction to its cause
  • LO3. Evaluate the potential benefits and harms of genetic testing and genomic screening
  • LO4. Understand and critique the legal, ethical and psychosocial aspects of genomic information, practice and research
  • LO5. Identify and evaluate the potential that genomics and genomic research has to prevent disease and promote health
  • LO6. Identify new directions in genetics and genomics
  • LO7. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with other students on assessment tasks
  • LO8. Direct one’s own continuing education in genomics and public health

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