101 Genomics in Modern-Day Healthcare

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Your 14-year old daughter rushes into your office, and asks anxiously: “MJ’s mother is very ill, and she says her genes are causing this. But we all have genes, right? So, am I going to get ill as well?” 
What is it that genes do? And how can they make people sick? You take a deep breath and you quickly take a trip down memory lane for your classes on genetics.

Genomic medicine is the field of study that uses genomic information from an individual’s genes for diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making. It provides a better understanding of health care implications and is essential for preparing sound health care policies.

Genomics researches the complete and complex genetic make-up of organisms, which includes the whole genome (all DNA) and the interaction of genes with each other and within their environment. In a clinical setting, genomic diagnostics provide effective diagnoses and allow for tailor-made treatments.

This course will refresh your knowledge and brings it up to the level needed to be able to explain to your clients or patients (or to your 14-year old daughter) the role of chromosomes and their relation to health conditions. It also covers the fundamentals of genomics, as this is a prerequisite to our more advanced training modules, which offer greater in-depth applicability of genomics in healthcare.

Key concepts covered include:

  • Basics of chromosomes and their role.
  • Genomic variability
  • Genetic causes for cancer
  • Applications of genomics

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Your investment

This course will approximately take 45 minutes.

Required knowledge

This course is a basic introduction to our program of courses, which covers topics such as precision oncology and bioinformatics. This e-learning has been developed for healthcare professionals with little or no recent genomics knowledge. 

How will you learn?

Each course consists of several lessons (chapters), with each of several topics. The course includes film, animation, exercises, and quizzes to help to embed learning and to deepen understanding of the key concepts.
At the end of the course, you will be presented with a final quiz. Achieving an 80% score will be rewarded with the PHIX Genomics Academy 101 Genomics Certificate.
In the bonus lesson, you will find extra material, such as links to additional information, a glossary, and the sources of the videos and images of third parties.

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  • Click on the lesson What do you remember? to start the course.
  • You can pause any time you want, go forward or back at your own choice.
  • When you feel you are happy with the material and ideas covered in a step, please ‘Mark as complete’. You can then click ‘next lesson’ to continue or return to earlier lessons.
  • You can always return to any point in the course, even after the end of the course.
  • The final quiz at the end is the only part with a time limit. This will be explained at the end of the course.