Genetics and Public Health (PUBH5116) - Professional Development Course


Nearly every week there is something in the media about genetics.

Do you want to get a better understanding of the issues and how they relate to public health?

The Genetics and Public Health course, run by the School of Public Health, is designed for academics, postgraduate students, researchers, health professionals and managers, journalists, decision makers, policy advocates, ethicists, and program planners who want to gain an understanding of genetics and society in its broadest cross-disciplinary sense.

The 3-day intensive course brings together a comprehensive series of lectures and supporting case studies and discussions. The topics to be covered are: Science, Epidemiology, Regulation, Law, Consumer issues, Psychosocial Aspects, Ethical Issues, the Media, Public Health and Population Health Policy.

Specific topic areas will be covered by experts in each field including:

  • Family and Clinical Genetics vs Population Genetics
    Testing vs Population Screening
    Cancer and Genetics
    Insurance Industry and Genetics
    Directions in Genome Science and Genetic Technology
    Legal, Ethical and Policy implications

Course aims

This is a 3-day intensive course aims to give participants:

  • An overview of genetics, genetic epidemiology and genetic information and their roles in health and society
  • An appreciation of the differences between the public health and the scientific and medical contexts of genetics and genetic information
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethical, legal and social issues around genetics and genetic information
  • An ability to anticipate the future relevance of genetics and genetic information to health and society

The course features group discussions and debate, case studies and an eLearning site with access to a comprehensive reading list, notes and self-test quizzes.


Prof Bruce Armstrong, Dr Lesley Andrews, Dr Catriona Bonfiglioli, Dr Rebekah Jenkin, A/Prof Bing Yu, Prof David Weisbrot, Prof David Sillence, Prof Bridget Wilcken, Dr Gabrielle Williams, Ms Kate Dunlop, Prof Warwick Britton, Prof Ron Trent, Professor Leslie Burnett, Ms Shauna Ferris, Dr Anne Cust., Ms Kimberly Strong.


The course will be held over 3 days at the University of Sydney’s main campus.

Thursday 8 October (9am-5pm), Friday 9th October (9am-5pm) and Monday 12 October 2015 (9am-1pm).

Application deadline

Thursday 17 September 2015.
Late applications may be considered.


Information about fees can be found here.

The fee covers lectures, coursework and access to all resources on the course website, and a Certificate of Completion.

How to apply

Application information and forms can be found here.

Non-award applicants:
Please note that if you are applying as a non-award student you need to complete the application form and attach all supporting documents required except for academic transcripts of your qualifications. We are waiving this requirement for this course only, to simplify enrolment.

More information

Office for Teaching and Learning
Room 329, Level 3
Edward Ford Building (A27)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 4366