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ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

Class Details

About the Course
Consumers need access to understandable information and resources about various genetics topics. Librarians working with the public must be aware of both important issues surrounding genetics and resources available to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This class provides an opportunity to become better equipped to address the genetic health information needs of your community.

Details and Requirements
This is an asynchronous online course using the Moodle Learning Management System. Each week's materials will be accessible every Monday and will take about 2 hours to complete. For this class you will need to have access to the internet and a laptop or desktop computer. Additionally, we recommend the latest version of your preferred browser.
The deadline to register for the course is Friday, February 28th, at noon. The class will open on Monday, March 2nd for registered attendees.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Mar 2, 2020 to Mar 27, 2020
Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator
Kelsey Cowles, MLIS, Academic Coordinator
Jarrod Irwin, MA, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

Genetics is increasingly becoming a factor in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases as well as frequently seen in headline news. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information associated with their health. The class will cover genomic health literacy and provide reliable resources regarding health conditions with a genetic component, privacy, genetic testing, and precision medicine. This class is intended for public library staff, health science librarians and those working in organizations who work with the public.

Learning objectives include:

  • Explore the importance of genomic health literacy
  • Explore direct-to-consumer genetic testing and discuss benefits and concerns as they relate to individuals and families
  • Synthesize genomic health information to design an opportunity to support community awareness, education and knowledge about genetics and health
  • Review genetic health information resources and process scenarios using resources to support community needs/questions
  • Identify significant ethical, privacy, security, and social issues associated with genomic discoveries and create an obtainable activity for libraries to build community awareness around those issues

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 (in person) and 8 hours (online) contact hours of CE credit.
This will be offered via the Moodle platform.