HEE Genomics Education launches ‘Introduction to Genomics’ course

Learn how advances in understanding of the human genome are being used to develop personalised medicine

Health professionals who might not feel confident in defining what genomics is will nonetheless be aware of its influence. Whether it’s Angelina Jolie’s much-publicised BRCA1 diagnosis, or the use of targeted therapies like trastuzumab (Herceptin™), the impact of genomics in healthcare is already being felt.

With genomic advances being translated into mainstream clinical practice, it is vital that health professionals have a good awareness of genomics. As such, Health Education England’s Genomic Education programme has developed a short online course to provide a lively, informative overview of this exciting field, aimed at health professionals at all levels.

What does the course entail?

The two-hour course covers the fundamentals of the human genome, how it can influence a person’s health, and key ways in which genomic information is being used in a clinical setting, both now and in the future.

The course comprises a blend of textual content, video, animation and case studies, and features patient interviews and experts in the field of genomic medicine.

On completion of the course, a short assessment will provide the learner with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned and to earn a completion certificate.

To learn more about ‘Introduction to Genomics’, visit the Course page.

To find out more about the Genomics Education Programme, visit About the Programme.

Editor’s note: In 2018 and 2019, this course was revised, updated and expanded to create our Genomics 101 series of courses.