MS in Genetic Counseling Course Descriptions/List

Course Credits
MGG 7010
Introductory Molecular Biology

Basic aspects of molecular biology and genetics.
MGG 7640
Principles of Genetic Counseling

History and evolution of the profession as it relates to the provision of clinical services within the healthcare delivery system; introduction to basic genetic counseling skills including case preparation, the interview, family history, risk assessment, and adult education. Introduction to ethical decision making.
MGG 7730
Introduction to Promoting Health Equity in Genetic Counseling

This course aims to help learners begin to recognize how diversity influences access to, the experience with, and utilization of health care, leading to health disparities in under-represented people and what they can do as future genetic counselors to provide inclusive practice and promote health equity.
MGG 7740
Theory and Practice of Genetic Counseling

Overview of the counseling models currently utilized in genetic counseling. Introduction to and preliminary development of the communication, interpersonal, and psychosocial assessment skills needed to conduct a comprehensive genetic consultation. Ethical, legal and social issues.
MGG 7660
Practical Applications of Genetic Counseling

Through a variety of instructional methods, students gain a foundation for understanding and applying the practical aspects of genetic counseling to clinical settings in reproductive, pediatric, adult, and cancer genetics.
MGG 7600
Advanced Human Genetics

Concepts, problems and methods of human genetics, including population genetics.
MGG 7830
Human Development and Teratology

Through lecture, self-study, exam and oral presentation, students learn key aspects of fetal development, the embryological basis of birth defects and genetic dysmorphology syndromes, clinical teratology and the associated medical terminology.
MGG 7860
Evaluating the Health Research Literature

Reading and analysis of health care literature with focus on research articles. Principles of health research design and analysis; skills for critical assessment of medical literature.

MGG 7710
Introduction to Medical Genetics

Introduction to key principles of genetics and genomics as they relate to medical genetics.

MGG 7741
Advanced Genetic Counseling Theory and Practice

Further examination of the major theories of human behavior and how they can be applied to evaluate psychosocial responses to genetic information and how they guide short-term client centered counseling in clinical practice.
MGG 7800
Advanced Medical Genetics

A comprehensive review of advanced topics in medical genetics geared towards those who will be specialists in the field.
MGG 7880
Genetic Counseling Seminar

A lecture/discussion format seminar for first and second year students combined focusing on issues relevant to medical genetics and the genetic counseling profession. Includes emerging issues, personal genomics and public health genomics. Presentations by students, faculty, and invited speakers.
MGG 7881
Senior Seminar in Genetic Counseling

Through lecture, small group discussion, and oral presentation, students hone the skills needed to successfully make the transition to practicing professional.
FPH 7240

Open to students in the College of Nursing, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and others. Epidemiologist’s task list; research of problems without known etiology; infectious and noninfectious disease models; examination of current problems. Previously an elective but now strongly recommended/required for genetic counseling students.
MGG 7999
Research Project

Student Plan B research project. Includes one semester of research project seminar with biostatistics. Students must also take research methods course (above). Students who do not complete their research project by the end of the Winter 2 semester may have to register for a 4th credit in Spring/Summer 2.

MGG 8998
Genetic Counseling Internship

Students work under the supervision of a genetic counselor/geneticist in a variety of genetic and subspeciality clinics and laboratories.

Clinical Internship 1 - Winter Semester, First Year (1 credit)
Introductory Rotations – attend various clinics (genetics, non-genetics)

Clinical Internship 2 – Beginning Spring/Summer Semester, Second Year (5 credits)
4 - seven week traditional internships, 1 seven week specialty clinic internship + laboratory internship at a combination of the following sites*

Metropolitan Detroit Traditional Internship Sites

  • Cancer Genetic Counseling Service-Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Division of Genetic, Genomic and Metabolic Disorders (Includes Pediatric Genetics, Adult Genetics, Huntington Disease Pre-symptomatic testing and Metabolic Clinic)-Children's Hospital of Michigan
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Includes Reproductive and Cancer Genetics)-Henry Ford Hospital
  • Department of Cytogenetics (Includes Reproductive, Cancer, and some Adult Genetics) Corewell East-Dearborn (formerly Beaumont-Dearborn)
  • Cancer Genetics Service at Corewell East-Royal Oak (formerly Beaumont Hospital)
  • Reproductive Genetics Service at Corewell East-Royal Oak (formerly Beaumont Hospital)
  • Pediatric and Adult Genetics, Corewell East-Royal Oak (formerly Beaumont Hospital)
  • Reproductive and Cancer Genetics Service at Trinity Health-Oakland (formerly St. Joseph Mercy Pontiac)
  • Cancer Genetics Service at St. John Hospital
  • Windsor Regional Hospital-Cancer Genetics (Canadian students only)
  • Clinical Genetics Laboratories- Cytogenetics, Molecular Diagnostic, Biochemical Genetics service laboratories at the Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health Center

Traditional Internship Sites Available Outside Metro Detroit

  • Michigan State University Genetics
  • Spectrum Health Genetics
  • University of W. Ontario/London Health Sciences Genetics
  • Trinity Health Ann Arbor Cancer Genetic Counseling Service

*With the consent of the program directors, students may arrange to do a rotation at another site during the second half of the summer semester

Specialty Clinic Sites (Not all inclusive, subject to availability)

  • Adult Neurology (WSU Department of Neurology)
  • Beaumont Children's Hospital Pediatric Neurology
  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic (Adult at Harper University Hospital; Pediatric at Children’s Hospital of Michigan)
  • Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening Follow Up Clinic (Children’s Hospital of Michigan)
  • Hemophilia Multidisciplinary Clinic ( Children’s Hospital of Michigan)
  • Huntington Disease Clinic (Henry Ford Health System)
  • Hutzel Hospital Fetal Assessment and Residents’ (Obstetrics) Clinics
  • Karmanos/McLaren Satellite Cancer Genetics Clinic
  • Multidisciplinary Colorectal Cancer Clinic-Corewell East-Royal Oak (formerly Beaumont Hospital)
  • Muscular Dystrophy Clinic (Children’s Hospital of Michigan)
  • Pediatric Cancer Genetics Clinic (Children’s Hospital of Michigan)
  • Pediatric Cardiology and Neurology (Children’s Hospital of Michigan)
  • St. Mary’s Livonia Cancer Genetics Clinic

Contact Information

Genetic Counseling Graduate Program
Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Wayne State University School of Medicine
2375 Scott Hall
540 E. Canfield Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Administrative Office:
(313) 577-6298
Fax: (313) 577-9137