EDEPS header

Occupational Supply Demand
Unit of Analysis
5138A Genetic Counseling
Program(s) of Study and Training

A program that prepares individuals to counsel patients and families concerning inherited genetic disorders and diseases; assess risk factors and planning options associated with potential and actual inherited conditions; and serve as patient advocates and provide referral services in relation to private and public support services. Includes instruction in clinical/medical genetics, methods of genetic testing, interviewing and counseling skills, genetic and support services delivery, principles of public health, medical ethics, law and regulations, patient advocacy, and professional standards.

A program that prepares individuals to respond to the complex social, legal, ethical, and public health policy implications generated by genetic research. Includes instruction in biochemical genetics of complex diseases, bioethics, chromosomes and human disease, genetic counseling, genetic epidemiology, gene mapping, human population genetics, and the molecular basis of human inherited disease.


Assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. Provide information to other healthcare providers or to individuals and families concerned with the risk of inherited conditions. Advise i