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Course Overview

This free online course will provide healthcare professionals with a basic grounding in genomic medicine. It will introduce you to new genomic technologies, which are revolutionising medicine and will, in time, provide the mainstay of patient diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention.

  • DNA, genes, chromosomes and the human genome;
  • Normal genetic variation;
  • Genetic variation and disease: genetic mutations and chromosome abnormalities;
  • The inheritance of genetic conditions;
  • Emerging genomic technologies including next generation sequencing;
  • The interpretation of genomic data;
  • The application of genomics to clinical practice;
  • Communicating genomic information to patients;
  • The legal and ethical implications associated with the use of genomic data.

This course is aimed at current healthcare professionals, who are interested in learning more about the fundamentals of genetics and how genomic technologies are transforming medical practice.

If you’re a healthcare professional, you may find it useful to upgrade this course to support your continuing professional development (CPD). By upgrading, you’ll be able to take this course at your own pace and revisit the material at any time in future. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement as evidence of your CPD

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of human genetics; the human genome, DNA, chromosomes, and genes
  • Describe the normal processes of cell division, transcription and translation within a human cell
  • Evaluate the mechanisms for the introduction of variation into the human genome, including normal genetic variation and disease causing variation
  • Compare the characteristics of somatic mutations vs constitutional mutations within the human genome
  • Discuss the different mechanisms by which errors in the genetic code can lead to disease
  • Explore the impact of a genetic condition on the lives of patients
  • Compare the different technologies used to interrogate the human genome and describe the types of genetic variation which can be identified by different technological approaches
  • Reflect upon the myriad clinical applications of genomic technology, their benefits and limitations and how they impact on clinical practice and the development of personalised medicine