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 Shared Health 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 of Science in Genetic Counselling program has full accreditation status 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.
The University of Manitoba is located on the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. We respect the Treaties that were made on these territories, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.