The practice of genetic counselling combines the expertise of genetic disease mechanisms with a sensitive appreciation of the psychological burdens and complex social and ethical issues associated with genetic disorders. Genetic counsellors are highly specialized healthcare professionals whose academic training includes a Masters in Science in Genetic Counselling. Genetic counsellors work in all domains of genetics including: Cancer, Prenatal, Pediatric and Metabolic Genetics as well as in roles in industry, public health and the genomics laboratory.
Our MSc program is a collaborative effort between the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Program of Genetics and Metabolism and the University of Manitoba Biochemistry and Medical Genetics. Student training is provided by Medical Geneticists, Genetic Counsellors, Genetic Assistants and PhD Scientists/Geneticists with a variety of expertise.
The University of Manitoba's Master’s in Genetic Counselling program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC), located at 4400 College Blvd., Ste. 220, Overland Park, KS 66211, web address www.gceducation.org. ACGC can be reached by phone at 913.222.8668.