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University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program

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Vision and Mission Statement

Vision:  The University of Michigan Genetic Counseling Program’s vision is to train genetic counselors that are able to meet the current challenges and to help shape the future of genetic counseling and genomic medicine.

Mission:  To provide an individualized, integrated and supportive graduate training environment comprised of:

  • A comprehensive and rigorous academic curriculum,
  • Diverse clinical experiences in traditional and cutting edge genetics and genomics settings, and
  • A broad spectrum of research opportunities that supports the development of genetic counseling clinical scholars.

Program is located in Ann Arbor, MI

Program website:  https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/human-genetics/academics/genetic-counseling-program

Academic year is from end of August to April.

The Masters of Science (M.S.) in Genetic Counseling can be obtained alone or as part of a duel degree program, such as Master of Science (M.S.) in Genetic Counseling / Master of Public Health (M.P.H.). The Michigan campus is home to a wide variety of other academic programs that are relevant to the practice of genetic counseling and genomic medicine.  Interested students can develop a student-initiated dual degree program that would allow them to pursue a novel interdisciplinary program, resulting in an MS in Genetic Counseling and a second graduate degree in the student’s field of interest. Please speak directly with the Program Director if this option is of interest to you.

Information about prerequisites info can be found at https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/human-genetics/academics/genetic-counseling-program/genetic-counseling-program-admissions

  • No GRE required.   UMGCP will not be requiring or reviewing GRE scores for admissions for the fall of 2022.  Future admissions cycles beyond admissions for fall of 2022 are yet to be determined.
  • Holistic admissions process,
  • Accepts international students.
  • In-state students:  $48,000.00
  • Out-of-state students: $96,000.00

General geographic location of internships:  Ann Arbor/Southeast Michigan

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

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice initiatives:  We have a multitiered approach toward DEIJ initiatives and activities.

The University of Michigan has implemented a five-year strategic plan with new DEIJ initiatives being incorporated into many aspects of the university’s mission and operations.  (Find more here:  https://diversity.umich.edu/strategic-plan/)

In the last two years, the UM Department of Human Genetics (DHG) has introduced:

  • two master’s program mechanisms to increase diversity in our student cohorts,
  • introduced a summer research opportunity for underrepresented students, and
  • announced a newly formed Associate Chair for Climate with a focus to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The DHG is also implementing a new reporting system to allow students additional avenues to report issues and receive support.

The Genetic Counseling program incorporated education regarding mentorship and support for GC students from underrepresented minorities into their 2021 Supervisors Workshop and has committed to including content significant to supporting all students in our Supervisors Workshop next year. 

We have reviewed our content across the program in our Curriculum Committee and have had the course director of the genetic counseling classes identify potential gaps and opportunities for content regarding health disparities and DEIJ issues which resulted in specific changes within courses.

UMGCP Program leadership has developed a set of goals for continued education in DEIJ and inclusive teaching practices, starting with reading books that expand our understanding of these issues (near monthly).

UMGCP has been successful in utilizing competitive fellowships to increase accessibility to our training.

A lot of great details about our program can be found in our 2022 Program Prospectus. We are very open to contact from interested students, so please feel free to reach out!