Since Fall 2013, Georgetown University has partnered with edX to lead the way in the next generation of educational platforms; Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). On June 4, 2014, the Georgetown University School of Medicine will launch its first MOOC – Genomic Medicine Gets Personal.
Led by Dr. Bassem R. Haddad, Associate Professor at Georgetown University and Co-Director of the Medical School’s Molecular and Human Genetics course, this cross-disciplinary online course will include lectures from Georgetown University faculty and speakers from partner institutions, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Rep. Florida), Dr. Eric Green (Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute), and Dr. Cynthia Morton (President of the American Society of Human Genetics).
In his role as a researcher and medical educator, Dr. Haddad has witnessed the paradigm shift in medical practice as a result of the advancements in genetics and genomics. Medical professionals are utilizing genomics for testing, prevention, and treatment of diseases in order to provide the best, personalized care for their patients. It is therefore the hopes of Dr. Haddad and his colleagues to improve the genomic literacy of both medical professionals and interested students.
Over the course of eight weeks, we will delve into topics ranging from the basics of genomics, how it is applied to clinical practice, and the social/ethical/legal implications associated with the availability of personal genomic information. Our students will also understand and begin to think of the ways in which genomic medicine will shape the future of medicine.
The Genomics team and CNDLS are excited to bring the Georgetown educational experience to students around the globe!
Prior to the launch of the course on June 4, 2014, be sure to:
- Register for the course at edX.org
- Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at #GUXgenomics
- Watch our trailer!
- Review the course outline for a detailed description of weekly topics