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Advances in genomics have opened up exciting new possibilities for healthcare. On this course, you’ll learn what genomics is, and how it can revolutionise patient care. You’ll learn how genomic testing works, and consider the regulatory and ethical issues that surround it.

You’ll explore how genomics can improve patient care by understanding how genomic data helps clinicians to identify illness risk more accurately, using the specific examples of cancer and epidemics such as Zika virus disease. You will also look at the future of genomics, and how it might impact healthcare roles.

An introduction to genomics

  • What is genomics?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • The challenges of genomic testing

Genomics technology and healthcare

  • Addressing patient needs
  • How are healthcare roles evolving?

MedTech innovations

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech product design and genomics. The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Describe how the field of genomics has broadly developed over the past 20 years
  • Explore the role of DNA sequencing in identifying the risk of disease
  • Discuss how genomics impacts on citizens, healthcare professionals and providers 
  • Reflect on the ethical, regulatory and accessibility challenges of genomics
  • Describe the commercial opportunities of technological developments in genomics 

Debate the developments in genomics for healthcare

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