Genes, Health, and Society
DNA profiles of fourteen unrelated individuals. The green, blue and yellow bands show some similarities and some differences between individuals. The red bands are size markers.
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Genes, Health, and Society is an interactive, asynchronous web-based course that explores the fields of genetics and genomics. It consists of three discrete modules, each designed to stand alone as an independent unit: Transmission Genetics, The Nature of Genetic Material, and Medical Genetics and Genomics. Within each module, learners are challenged with self-assessment questions and problems and receive feedback customized to different responses. Other important features include an interactive course notebook, supplementary resources in the form of “Side Trips,” and a related video, slides, and animated demonstrations.
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Genes, Health, and Society is available for professional development credit and may also be completed for three hours of graduate credit. The course is currently available free of charge to all Baylor College of Medicine students and employees and to Houston Independent School District teachers. Users from these organizations should contact the Center for Educational Outreach (see below) to obtain an access code.
Course participants should have some experience with basic chemistry and introductory biology before enrolling. Please contact the Center for Educational Outreach to purchase individual or group access to Genes, Health, and Society and to find out how to obtain graduate credit for completing the course. Each module may be purchased and completed separately. (Please note, once a user has registered and begun the course, no refunds will be issued.)
- Unlimited subscription, single user, all three modules: $550.
- Unlimited subscription, single user, one module: $200.
- Additional fees and requirements apply if graduate credit is desired.
Please contact the Center for Educational Outreach for more information.
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Module 1: Transmission GeneticsCourse
Examine classic Mendelian genetics, principles of heredity, methods used to predict the heritability of a given trait, the nature of science and the process of scientific inquiry. (20 contact hours)
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Module 2: The Nature of Genetic MaterialCourse
Explore the molecular structures and mechanisms that encode, replicate, and translate the human genome into physical characterics, and learn about advances in genomics. (20 contact hours)
Module 3: Medical GeneticsCourse
Learn about the role of genetic variation in human disease, and how genetics/genomics studies have changed our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disease. (20 contact hours)
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Funded by the following grant(s)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Using Learning Technology to Build Human Capital
Grant Number: 57363
Science Education Partnership Award, NIH
Gene You: Inquiry-based Genomics Learning Experiences for Teachers and Students
Grant Number: 1R25RR032158