The American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC), credentialing organization for the genetic counseling profession in the United States and Canada, has awarded full accreditation to the GSPH Genetic Counseling Program for eight years, the maximum tenure obtainable.
The ABGC’s required criteria are the minimum standards of quality used to accredit master´s degree-granting programs that prepare individuals to enter the genetic counseling profession. Practice based competencies are a foundation for the required criteria. The extent to which a program complies with all standards determines its accreditation status.
The Genetic Counseling Program at the GSPH Department of Human Genetics provides cutting edge training in the complex science of genetics and fosters a strong foundation in counseling. As a result, the program is based on three important elements:
- scientific training in human genetics,
- clinical experience,
- understanding the psychological and social aspects of counseling.
The two-year program provides students with the knowledge and skills to practice as a genetic counselor in diverse settings and prepares them to be leaders within the profession. The program, established in 1971, is the second oldest program in the nation and has trained over 300 individuals. Graduates work in a variety of settings including clinical, public health, research, industry, and education.