Medical genetics and precision medicine are two of the most rapidly evolving areas in medical practice. Genetic counselling is an essential part in these two fields as the bridge between healthcare professionals and patients.
With the advances in the genetic and genomic technologies, the underlying genetic patho-mechanisms of many rare diseases as well as common diseases are now revealed. Genetic counselling is not only essential in the process of making diagnosis of these diseases and in the post-diagnosis management, but also important for genetic screening and risk assessment in the affected patients, their families, and in public health perspective. The Programme prepares students with practical knowledge and skill in providing genetic counselling and care to married couples, expected mothers, paediatric and adult patients, and in facilitating communication among the clinicians, laboratory technicians and patients.
Mode of Study
- 18-month part-time programme
Medium of Instruction
- On-campus class: 4 times / year (4 consecutive days at weekend)
- Online class: Usually on Saturday or Sunday, occasionally weekday evenings
Applicants should have a medical / nursing / laboratory science / life science related Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. Past academic records, work experience and reference letters will be considered in the admission process. There may be personal interview(s) for shortlisted candidates.
Students will be assessed by examination, course assignment, presentation and clinical attachment.
To be awarded the Professional Diploma in Genetic Counselling, students are required to have an overall attendance rate of 70% and pass the assessments with an overall GPA not lower than 2.0.
Transfer of Unit(s)
This programme will be considered for credit transfer in MSc in Medical Genetics organized by Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. For more details, please refer to the programme brochure.
Tuition Fee (Once-off payment)
Standard Price: HK$88,000
Alumni of MSc in Medical Genetics (CUHK): HK$40,000