KGI’s MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling (MSGC) program emphasizes interprofessional collaboration, systematic problem solving, the safe, efficient, and ethical use of biotechnology, and personalized patient care. This will be accomplished through a variety of experiences including rigorous didactic course work, clinical training, research preparation, and supplementary activities such as case conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and seminars.

The MSGC program has established affiliations with multiple genetics centers throughout Southern California which will offer access to tremendous resources for clinical, industry, and laboratory experiences and provide a culturally dynamic and enriching environment for genetic counseling students.

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The field of genetics has changed dramatically over time. Therefore, the student experience at Keck Graduate Institute will involve a strong foundation in principal genetic counseling skills coupled with progressive and rigorous didactic learning, fieldwork experience, and research development in order to meet and anticipate the evolving needs of the genetic counseling profession. The combination of the program’s faculty, the diversity of fieldwork experiences, and the cultural excitement of its location in Southern California will make this program exceptional and inspiring.

The program will provide each student with the understanding and experience to become an innovative, inspired, and proficient genetic counselor.

The goals of the MSGC program are to:

  1. Recruit, educate and train highly qualified students with diverse backgrounds, who will be professional, motivated, ethical and culturally-engaged genetic counselors.
  2. Recruit, develop and retain highly qualified faculty with diverse background, who are forward thinking and leaders in education, professionalism, clinical and industry settings.
  3. Use innovative and active techniques to provide an academic program that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, clinical reasoning, and self-directed learning skills.
  4. Collaborate with leaders of the health care and bioscience industry to advance curricular development.
  5. Prepare graduates with the added ability to practice effectively in a wide variety of currently existing and potential future roles in hospitals and medical centers, community settings, academia and the biotechnology industry.
  6. Produce graduates who can communicate effectively with patients, caregivers, and health care, regulatory and industry professionals.
  7. Sustain a culture of professionalism and collegiality in relationships among and between faculty, students and professionals.
  8. Develop and maintain a research infrastructure that promotes and enhances in the innovation, and discovery of educational, basic, translational, and clinical health care.
  9. Promote life-long learning, through participation in professional development, organizations, and scholarship.
  10. Utilize continuous quality improvement through assessment and evaluation of desired outcomes in all phases of the program.

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