Program Goals & Learning Outcomes

The goals of the PSM Program are to

  1. provide learning opportunities for students to acquire and utilize specialized knowledge in health care genetic disciplines, gain intellectual and practical communication, analytic inquiry, and information fluency skills, develop a personal and professional ethic, and integrate knowledge by engaging in meaningful graduate-level scholarly activities;
  2. train students at an advanced level in the various aspects of health care genetics in order for them to continue graduate studies or to meet professional goals;
  3. provide the didactic, experiential and professional development components in order to advance knowledge and prepare leaders in health care genetics who translate discoveries in genetic sciences to products, policies, and practices that improve the health and quality of life of people everywhere; and
  4. promote the state’s economic development and social well-being by advancing new science and enhancing the quality of healthcare.

At the conclusion of the Health Care Genetics PSM Program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of basic patterns of biological inheritance and variation to understanding the etiology genetic diseases and health conditions.
  2. Identify interactions among genes, environmental factors, and behaviors, and their roles in health and disease.
  3. Apply knowledge of genetic principles and genomic technologies to improve quality of health-care through the diagnosis, screening, intervention or prevention of disease and the maintenance of health.
  4. Delineate how health-related genetic information can have important social and psychological implications for individuals and families.
  5. Identify resources available to assist those seeking genetic information or services.
  6. Discuss interdisciplinary issues related to the impact of genomics on health care.
  7. Demonstrate good basic laboratory skills.
  8. Locate and use appropriate search engines to retrieve primary literature in health-care genetics.Quote from Collin Krzyzaniak
  9. Effectively communicate with colleagues and stakeholders.
  10. Critically appraise current literature.
  11. Demonstrate professionalism, respect, compassion and integrity.
  12. Interact with colleagues and health professionals in a respectful manner.