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Genomic Advocacy Minor Concentration


The Multidisciplinary Studies minor allows students to pursue a coherent, multidisciplinary course of study not duplicated by any existing ISU minor. It encourages students to engage in focused exploration of related disciplines in their areas of interest or in fields which complement their declared major. This minor will introduce students to the ethical, business, and political issues that surround the field of genomic science and how they are interconnected to impact personalized medicine, healthcare, public policy, business/insurance risk management, education and other science fields. Genomics has a far-reaching impact on humanity with numerous social and ethical issues to be addressed now and in the future.


BIO 481: Genome Science (three credits)

This course provides a fundamental review of the cellular and biomolecular basis of inheritance using a genome-scale perspective. In addition, it will provide a description of emerging enomics technologies and techniques and their practical impact within the application domains of medicine, agriculture, and wildlife management. Delivery: ONLINE

INS 401: Business and Consumer Implications of Genome Science (three credits)

This course will examine implications of genomics and personalized medicine from the perspectives of consumers, employers, and other stakeholders on various issues, intellectual property opportunities, appropriate communication modalities for reaching underserved populations, and personal and corporate risk management strategies. Delivery: ONLINE

PHIL 425: Bioethics of Genome Science (three credits)

After acquiring a basic understanding of principles commonly used in bioethics, students will consider such questions as: should genes for human diseases be patented? Should human cloning be banned? Should information from genetic testing be available to employers and insurers? Should parents always be told of genetic testing availability? Delivery: ONLINE

PSCI 425: Policy Implications of Genomic Science (three credits)
This course will examine how genomics is affected by the policy-making process. The course will take an historical view of the debate regarding genomics, the policy which emerged from those debates, and how policy has impacted the use of genomics in the U.S. and throughout the world. Delivery: ONLINE

MST 401: Seminar in Multidisciplinary Studies (three credits)

Electives - Six credits
Students work in consultation with their advisors to select two of the elective choices that best fit their needs.

Electives include:

AHS 220: Public Health Concepts  
COMM 312*: Persuasion Theories
COUN 433: Techniques of Counseling
ECON 302: Economics of Health and Medical Care
HRD 489: Adult Learners in Higher Ed and training
PSY 240: Psychology of Health Behavior

*requires pre-requisites