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The overall goal of the UCLA M.S. in Genetic Counseling program is to train well-rounded genetic counselors in clinical genomic medicine who are equipped with the critical thinking skills to guide the evolving field of genetic counseling in this new era of precision health.
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“Our vision is to increase diversity in the genetic counseling profession and engage underrepresented minority communities to address health disparities so that all communities and populations have access to genetic counseling and genomic medicine.”- Christina Palmer, MS, PhD, LCGC, Program Director
UCLA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is located in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. This means that UCLA faculty, students, and staff are privileged to know and work with people from different backgrounds and these interactions enhance the quality of our students’ experience and education. UCLA also is one of the few universities to have a medical school, law school, business school, nursing school, dental school, engineering school, music school, theater, film, and television school, and a college of letters and science all on the same campus. This means that our students will be learning in an environment rich with creativity and opportunity.
Our 21-month program integrates strong academic grounding, direct fieldwork experiences with diverse patient populations, and independent research to prepare graduates for the dynamic field of genetic counseling. Our program faculty consists of genetic counselors, geneticists and other clinicians, basic scientists, and social scientists, to provide top quality and well-rounded training to our genetic counseling students.
The objectives of this master’s program are to train diverse cohorts of genetic counseling students to:
Application deadline:February 1, 2020 Admission limited to:Fall applications
These objectives will be achieved through coursework taught by genetic counselors, clinical geneticists and other clinicians, basic scientists, and social scientists; a capstone research project conducted at a top-ranked research-intensive university under the direction of UCLA faculty; fieldwork experiences supervised by certified genetic counselors and geneticists in a broad array of settings with diverse patient populations and healthcare professionals; and interactions with genetic counselor role models as leadership mentors.
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UCLA Master of Science in Genetic Counseling Program has achieved Candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). Achieving Candidate status demonstrates progress towards accreditation. Having Candidate status does not guarantee accreditation.
Wendy A. Conlon, MS, LCGCGenetic CounselorMedicine
Judy Fan, MS, LCGCGenetic CounselorInstitute for Precision Health
Rebecca Signer, MS, LCGCGenetic CounselorHuman Genetics
Rachel Shapira, ScM, LCGCGenetic CounselorHuman Genetics
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