Description: Course designed for those with limited exposure to biology who are interested in human genetics. Will include basics of genetics at both the molecular and population level, plus some ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics research will be examined. Examples relevant to public health will be emphasized.
Course Goals: The goal of this course is to teach the basics of genetics so that students who successfully complete the course will be prepared to take any additional courses that have introductory genetics as a prerequisite.
Competencies: Course Learning Outcomes:
1) Describe how the concepts of Mendel are relevant to human genetic diseases.
2) Understand the fundamental mechanisms of how genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next.
3) Understand how the genetic information is translated into the materials needed to create the body and allow it to function.
4) Understand the different types of mutations that can occur and their consequences.
5) Analyze how variations in populations affect our abilities to determine the genetic elements involved in disease.
6) Describe the role genetic changes play in cancer development.
7) Understand the role of genetic screening and testing in public health and medicine.
8) Discuss some of the ethical, legal and social issues associated with human genetics.