– This site provides general information about the genetic counselling profession, graduate programs, and relevant resources for those interested in a genetic counselling career. 


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What is Genetic Counselling

“Genetic counseling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. This process integrates:

  • Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
  • Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.”

– National Society of Genetic Counselors (2005)

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About this website:

Alana Yee, a graduate of the University of Alberta, developed this website in December 2012 as part of her final project in the course “Independent Studies in Genetic Counselling” in the Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science.  Her work has been adapted, with permission, by the course instructors.

* NOTE: All information provided in this website has been generalized based upon research by the website’s creators. They are not responsible if the information changes from the time of this writing. Please double-check all information before applying to graduate programs or taking other actions.