Online course in Health & Psychology

MedTech: Exploring the Human Genome

Discover how advances in the field of genomics are transforming healthcare with this online genomics course.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 5 hours
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Learn how genomics is changing the future of healthcare

Advances in genomics have opened up exciting new possibilities for healthcare. On this course, you’ll learn what genomics is, and how it can revolutionise patient care. You’ll learn how genomic testing works, and consider the regulatory and ethical issues that surround it.

You’ll explore how genomics can improve patient care by understanding how genomic data helps clinicians to identify illness risk more accurately, using the specific examples of cancer and epidemics such as Zika virus disease. You will also look at the future of genomics, and how it might impact healthcare roles.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsOver the past 20 years, advances in the field of genomics have led to a range of new products and possibilities for healthcare. So, what is genomics? Genomics is the study of genomes. A genome is the complete map of an organism's DNA, including all of its genes, like a blueprint for our bodies containing all our genetic instructions. In this course, you will explore some of the latest developments in genomics. You will learn how DNA sequencing is being used to identify an individual's risk of developing diseases. You will consider the implications of genomics for personalised medical care for genetic diseases, such as cancer, and meet some of the product developers who have revolutionised this field.

Skip to 0 minutes and 54 secondsYou will also reflect on the ways in which clinical roles are adapting and evolving as a result of technological developments, debate how these exciting innovations and opportunities have raised a range of ethical and regulatory questions that industry experts are currently grappling with. Discover the expertise and work taking place at the University of Leeds in the field of medtech.

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What topics will you cover?

  • What is genomics?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • What are the challenges?
  • Addressing patients’ needs
  • How are healthcare roles evolving?
  • MedTech innovations in genomics

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service: This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

When would you like to start?

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    This course started 30 Sep 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe how the field of genomics has broadly developed over the past 20 years
  • Explore the role of DNA sequencing in identifying the risk of disease
  • Discuss how genomics impacts on citizens, healthcare professionals and providers 
  • Reflect on the ethical, regulatory and accessibility challenges of genomics
  • Describe the commercial opportunities of technological developments in genomics 
  • Debate the developments in genomics for healthcare

Who is the course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech product design and genomics.

The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.

Who will you learn with?

paolo actis

paolo actis

I am a Lecturer at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds and I research the fundamental differences between health and disease using nanotechnology

Who developed the course?

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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