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JHU/NIH Genetic Counseling Training Program

Mission and Vision Statement

Mission:  The JHU/NIH Genetic Counseling Training Program shapes genetic counseling services through student and faculty research and develops outstanding genetic counselors who are innovators and leaders in:

  • psychotherapeutic genetic counseling,
  • genetic counseling research and scholarship,
  • applications of genomics and precision health, and
  • transdisciplinary learning and practice, incorporating perspectives from public health, policy, ethics, and advocacy.

Vision: Genetic counseling clinician scholars transform evidence-based genomic healthcare.

Program is located in Baltimore, MD

Program website:  https://www.genome.gov/careers-training/Professional-Development-Programs/Genetic-Counseling-Training

Academic year is from  September to May.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at https://www.genome.gov/careers-training/Professional-Development-Programs/Genetic-Counseling-Training

  • No GRE required,
  • Holistic admissions process

Our program costs are offset by three financial components, the first two of which are available to all students, and the third of which is available to all students who are US citizens or permanent residents.

  • A 30% tuition reduction granted by The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: The formula dictates that Johns Hopkins pays for the first $3,000 of tuition and then pays for 30% of the remainder. This applies for the duration of the 2.5 years of the program.

    For the 2021-22 academic year, full tuition is $59,184 for the year https://publichealth.jhu.edu/offices-and-services/office-of-admissions-services/tuition-and-fees

    This means that Johns Hopkins will pay $19,855 toward the first-year tuition, and each student’s tuition bill would be $39,329.

  • A $10,000 first year scholarship paid by the NIH: This reduces the cost of the first year of tuition to $29,329.
  • A predoctoral training stipend given by the NIH to all US citizens or permanent residents: For first year trainees, this is at least $34,400 per year, although it varies somewhat based on prior experience. See NIH Predoctoral IRTA and Visiting Fellow Stipend Levels.

    Thus, the total out-of-pocket cost for a student who is a US citizen matriculating in 2021 is expected to be approximately $6,000 across the 2.5 year period. For a non-US citizen matriculating in 2021, the total cost over 2.5 years is expected to be approximately $90,000 (considering expected tuition increases).

  • Graduate assistantships available
  • Scholarships available
  • Tuition forgiveness available
  • See Tuition above for various grants, scholarships, and stipends.

General geographic location of internships: Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro areas

Currently have Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives as part of the program

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  

  • DEIJ initiatives are an integral part of our new strategic plan -We have moved to a holistic review process. This process no longer requires submission of standardized test scores such as the GRE.
  • Held a workshop on microaggressions and inclusivity for our rotation supervisors
  • Incorporating DEIJ into rotation orientation for students and as a resource for supervisors
  • Have re-examined our counseling classes curricula with a DEIJ lens (and plan to expand to all courses)