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Curriculum and Degrees: Overview

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The Genes to Society Curriculum

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine established the standard for modern medical education at its inception in 1893 by focusing on the interrelationship of learning, research and patient care. Grounded in our ever-expanding understanding of the human genome, the current Johns Hopkins Genes to Society curriculum signaled another seismic shift in the study of medicine by presenting a new model of health and disease based on the wide range of factors that would influence a patient’s disease presentation, from the cell level and genetics on one end, to behavioral, environmental and societal influences on the other. The curriculum takes a more holistic approach to patient care and paves the way for improved societal health outcomes. Instituted in 2009, Genes to Society is already becoming the new model for medical schools around the world.

Degree Programs

The M.D. program at Johns Hopkins is a four-year degree program. The Genes to Society curriculum provides enhanced opportunities to explore specific areas of interest within the program or even to pursue additional degrees, depending on the student’s goals and aspirations.

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