Interpreting Consumer Genetic Testing

Discover how to interpret consumer genetic testing for your own professional context, with particular focus on understanding its limitations and avoiding misinterpretation.

  • Duration

    8 weeks

  • Commitment

    8 hours per week

  • Price


  • Study mode

    Tutor guided

  • Certificate of Achievement

    Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

    • Start

      26 September 2022

    • Finish

      21 November 2022

    • Enrol by

      19 September 2022

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Course overview

The consumer genetic testing landscape has expanded beyond the curiosities of our ancestry, and now encompasses multiple industries, including healthcare, life insurance, food production, diet and fitness.

Discover how to interpret consumer genetic testing, understand the opportunities it can offer and also its limitations. You will attempt to answer the question, 'How does genetics help us to better understand ourselves?' with a focus on application to your own professional context.

This course will explore key genetic principles and how they play into the common technologies that we see in genetic measurements today. You will gain the confidence to apply what you've learned, reflecting on how genetics factors into your industry, the key issues that may arise, and the rationale behind what tests may be useful to use for your professional context, their limitations and why.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • summarise the basics of genetics and the ‘central dogma’ (how genetic information is translated into biology)
  • describe the technologies used in sequencing and measurement of DNA and RNA
  • identify different types of genetic variation
  • predict the impact of different types of genetic variation
  • summarise common ethical issues in consumer genetic testing
  • critically assess the contemporary consumer genetic testing landscape.

Study commitments

  • 8 hours per week

Who is this course for?

This course will be of interest to professionals within the following industries:

  • actuary (investment and insurance)
  • food production
  • diet and fitness
  • healthcare (both frontline and administrative)
  • policy making.

What will I get on completion?

Evidence your learning with a Certificate of Achievement from the University of Cambridge on successful completion.

University of Cambridge course lead

  • Dr Giles Yeo

    Programme Leader at the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit in Cambridge

    Giles received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Cambridge in 1998. His research currently focuses on the influence of genes on feeding behaviour and body weight.

Course dates

  • 2022

    26 Sep - 21 Nov

    Places available

    Enrol by 19 Sep


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