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Study type: Online

Starts: Anytime

Price: Free


Explore the benefits of a community approach to genomic medicine and research

Translational research has shown the benefits of using a community-focussed approach to healthcare. This course shares these benefits and raises awareness of community genetics as a field of medicine. Amish communities and families affected by inherited disorders are given as an example.

On this course, you will explore the skills needed for translational research work and understand the meaning of community genetics. You will also learn the value of whole genome sequencing in the community context and the importance of community-specific medical research to patients.

What topics will you cover?

  • A range of rare inherited diseases, and their genetic basis
  • What we mean by the term ‘Community Genetics’
  • Mechanisms and methodology for investigating the genetic basis of rare diseases in a community setting
  • The use of whole genome analysis in the clinical management of patients within a community setting
  • The importance of understanding a patient’s ethnicity, family history and cultural beliefs and practices, in formulating a differential diagnosis and for ensuring equality of health care and special educational needs provision
  • Mechanisms for dissemination of research findings to ensure maximum community, and international, impact and benefits

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

  • Available now

Who is the course for?

This course is for research teams, clinicians and allied health and special educational needs workers and diagnostic facilities that work with families affected by inherited diseases.

Who developed the course?

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university. It combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction.