Advances in genetics and genomics research are rapidly presenting both great opportunities and complex challenges for public health. In order for the potential benefits of genetic research to be realized (and unintended harms minimized), numerous issues relevant to health behavior and health education (HBHE) will need to be addressed. This course will employ a blend of lectures and group discussions to consider such issues, including the following: risk communication; ethical dilemmas in research and practice; the psychological and behavioral impact of genetic testing; public and professional knowledge and attitudes about genetics; health education needs to enhance genetic literacy; and emerging trends in the field (e.g., direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic tests, pharmacogenomics).

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HBHE 669

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Genetics and Health Behavior/Education

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