Monday, February 4, 2008- Friday, April 11, 2008
Location: Online

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This 10 week online course, designed for professionals who work in early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI), provides an introduction to the genetics of hearing loss. Course topics will include an introduction to cell biology, modes of inheritance, pedigree analysis, genetic epidemiology of hearing loss, DNA structure and function, syndromic and non-syndromic forms of hearing loss and genetic counseling. Online discussions will also focus on strategies for infusing genetics into EHDI programs at the state and local levels and meeting the needs of parents for genetic services and information.

Participants will develop an understanding of:

  • explain basic concepts of probability and the influence of genetic factors in causing hearing loss.
  • gather basic family history information, identify individuals and families that would benefit from genetic services, and prepare clients and families for what to expect from the genetic evaluation and counseling process.
  • educate individuals about the availability of genetic testing for hearing loss and provide basic information about the potential risks, benefits and limitations of genetic testing for hearing loss.
  • safeguard privacy and confidentiality of genetic information of clients and families to the extent possible and respect the choices that clients and families intend to make about genetic testing.
  • identify sources of credible, current information about genetics for self, clients, and colleagues.
  • recognize philosophical, cultural and ethical perspectives influencing utilization of genetic information and services, especially those related to the deaf and hearing communities.
  • appreciate the sensitivity of genetic information, and the need for privacy and confidentiality.
  • seek coordination and collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of health professionals.


  • Kathleen Arnos & Ginger Norris, Genetics Program, Gallaudet University
  • Arti Pandya & Walter Nance, Dept. of Human Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Tuition: $350 (2 credits)

$25 application fee

Form more information contact Kathleen Arnos & Virginia Norris

Phone: 202-651-5258 (V/TTY)