News Release: Woodruff Health Sciences

Aug. 30,  2011

Genetic Counseling Masters Degree Program Launched at Emory School of Medicine

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Emory University School of Medicine is launching a new Academic Health Professions Program in Genetic Counseling. The two-year program, housed in the Department of Human Genetics, combines cutting-edge coursework with multiple and varied clinical experiences. Graduates will receive a Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling. The program, directed by Cecelia Bellcross, PhD, MS, CGC, has received accreditation through the American Board of Genetic Counseling. 

Applications are now open for the first class beginning summer of 2012.

“The opportunity to create Georgia’s first genetic counseling training program in the nationally recognized Department of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine has been a tremendous experience,” says Bellcross. “We are excited to offer a novel training program that is built upon the exceptional clinical, research and laboratory expertise of the department faculty and staff, as well as genetic service providers throughout the greater Atlanta area. We are looking forward to the opportunity to train genetic counselors who will become leaders in this era of genomic medicine.”

“While family history and genetic testing are increasingly becoming an integral part of medical care, there is a national shortage of board certified genetic counselors who can help both the health care provider and the patient interpret genetic information related to risk,” says Stephen Warren, PhD, FACMG, chair Department of Human Genetics, Emory School of Medicine.” Emory’s strong clinical and basic science activities in medical genetics will provide an ideal training environment for genetic counseling students and help address this shortage, particularly in the southeastern United States.”

For more information about Emory’s Department of Human Genetics, see


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