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

Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society. A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated, including, but not limited to: Genetics Home Reference,, NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders), and MedlinePlus. This 4-hour hands-on class is intended for consumers, public librarians, and health sciences librarians who work with the public. This class is also offered online.

Course Materials

PowerPoint Presentation
Web Resources Handout

Continuing Education

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

Course Developer

Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP / Consumer Health Coordinator

Class Length: 
4 hours in person and 8 hours online
Course Owner(s):
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:

 4 (in person) and 8 hours (online) MLA CE Contact Hours

This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

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