The Human Genome Project, an international quest to understand the genomes of humans and other organisms, will lead to unprecedented advances in science and medicine. Individual variations in the human genome can have a major impact on how an individual responds to disease, environmental insults, drugs, and other therapies. The growing momentum of genomics (the study of genes and their function) is revolutionizing our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of disease, including the complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors.
Nurses are already being called upon by clients and their families to answer questions about genetic information, testing, and/or treatment. Technology is advancing so rapidly in genetics that health care delivery will soon be affected. For example, screening for pharmacogenetic profiles will predict if an individual client is likely to benefit from a medicine, and if they will be less likely to experience serious side effects.
The UC San Francisco School of Nursing Masters of Science Genomics Minor was designed to provide a spectrum of content related to human genomics and includes: basic genomic science; genetic variation and patterns of inheritance; genetic basis of disease (cancer, cardiovascular, gerontology disorders); genetic screening and diagnosis; pharmacogenetics; genetic therapies; and the ethical, social and policy implications related to genetic information technology for culturally competent health care delivery.
The three courses required to obtain the genomics minor are listed below.
- N294A Introduction to Human Genomics
- N294B Medical Genetics for Nursing
- N294C Advanced Practice Nursing in Genetics