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Design and Structures of the Genes to Society Curriculum

The Johns Hopkins Genes to Society curriculum begins with a grounding in what we’ve learned from the Human Genome Project about human variability, risk and the ability to modulate disease presentation and outcomes. We have also brought in a wealth of knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences as well as public health and policy content, with an aim toward improving societal health outcomes.

Students experience an integrative approach to health from the first week of medical school. Other innovations include a strong career preparation course with a scholarly project, a longitudinal clerkship, translational science courses, transition courses at milestones in the curriculum, and improved assessment and evaluation.

To meet the educational objectives for the institution, the curriculum architecture consists of vertical courses, such as Foundations of Human Anatomy, Clinical Foundations of Medicine and Foundations of Public Health, Ethics and Epidemiology, which are time-limited, and Horizontal Strands, which appear throughout the curriculum. Students are expected to demonstrate achievement in competencies both in vertical courses and horizontal strands.