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Courses/Curriculum


The program begins every year in the fall semester and is a non-thesis degree. Students must complete a total of 30 hours of coursework and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to receive their Master's degree.  Students are required to write an extensive paper on a subject in the field of human genetics during their second semester for their Special Topics course. Because our program is intradepartmental, all students will take the same courses and follow the same schedule.

Schedule by Semester

Fall Semester

Course Name

Number of Credits

Molecular Genetics

3

Cytogenetics

4

Introduction to Medical Genetics

3

Clinical Aspects of Human Genetics

3

Seminar in Human Genetics

1

 

 

Spring Semester

Course Name

Number of Credits

Population Genetics

3

Research Methods

3

Clinical Aspects of Human Genetics

3

Biochemical Genetics

3

Special Topics: Research Paper

3

Seminar in Human Genetics

1

 

 




Course Descriptions

Seminar in Human Genetics (HMGN 701, 1 credit hour, 2 semesters): This class meets weekly for one hour. Human Genetics faculty, other Tulane faculty and guests from other institutions, as well as graduate students, and medical residents are invited to speak on topics of interest. Topics include basic, applied, and clinical research and reviews to canvass the latest developments in the field of genetics.

Human Genetics (HMGN 702, 3 credit hours): This class is an overview of basic disciplines and content areas within human genetics. The emphasis is clinical application of this knowledge within selected topic areas in biochemical, molecular, and population genetics as well as cytogenetics.

Clinical Aspects of Human Genetics (HMGN 703, 3 credit hours, 2 semesters): This is a class taught by genetic counselors that reviews the clinical aspects of genetic disorders seen in clinic, and provides tools for assessing patients with these conditions. The class is meant to convey to the student the problems of diagnosing and managing genetic disease from the physician's and patient's standpoint. Students are also allowed to attend a limited number of genetics clinics as observers.

Cytogenetics (HMGN 704, 3 credit hours): This course provides the student an overview of the field of cytogenetics. Topics include laboratory diagnostic procedures, mechanisms of chromosomal rearrangement, loss, and duplication, classical and recently described chromosomal abnormalities leading to disease, and molecular cytogenetics including fluorescent in situ hybridization techniques (FISH) and other molecular techniques.

Biochemical Genetics (HMGN 705, 3 credit hours): This course is an overview of genetic metabolic diseases. It concentrates on inborn errors of metabolism and lysosomal storage diseases. The student is presented with the clinical phenotypes, current methods of treatment, diagnostic procedures, and the biochemical defects resulting in the specific clinical presentation of selected metabolic diseases.

Molecular Genetics (HMGN 706, 4 credit hours): This course will take a detailed look at molecular genetics in humans. It will cover the structure and organization of the human genome; DNA replication, DNA mutation and repair; current molecular techniques used in research; the details of gene expression including transcription, RNA processing, translation and how expression is regulated at the various levels; and the molecular basis of human disease.

Population Genetics (HMGN 710, 3 credit hours): This class will acquaint the student with the various theories and methods used in population and mathematical genetics. Topics include Hardy-Weinberg theory, Baysian theory, forensics, paternity testing, linkage and association analyses.

Research Methods (HMGN 795, 3 credit hours): This course will focus on familiarizing students with the current, published scientific literature. It will include introductory lectures by faculty on the research methods used in various fields of Genetics. Students will be required to read current literature articles and present the research findings to the class in the form of short seminar.

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