Our Vision and Mission

Vision: The Genetic Counseling Training Program at Emory University will transform students through a variety of scholarly activities into practitioners, leaders, and advocates for the advanced role of genetic counseling within an integrated care team model. 

Mission: To provide an innovative and rigorous program of training that prepares genetic counselors to serve the needs of the healthcare community today while paving the way for incorporating the genomic medicine advances of tomorrow.

The Emory University School of Medicine Genetic Counseling Training Program was established in 2011, and is the only program of its kind in the state of GA.  We have received FULL accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling.  Our graduates receive a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) degree in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling and are qualified to sit for the American Board of Genetic Counseling (ABGC) certification examination. Over 97% of Emory graduates taking the ABGC boards have passed on their first try.

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Our program offers a unique combination of cutting-edge coursework, extensive and varied clinical experiences, and a research-based Focus Internship. The 5 semester internship allows the student indepth exploration of a specialty area within the settings of public health genomics, clinical genetics practice and research, and laboratory genetic services.


The Emory Genetic Counseling Training program's is housed within the Department of Human Genetics on the beautiful Emory Campus in Atlanta, GA. The Emory Department of Human Genetics ranks in the top 15 departments in the country, with a full-fledged basic research faculty and a comprehensive medical genetics division. The department also provides training in human and medical genetics for graduate students, laboratory fellows, PAs, medical students, and residents.

Emory University was recently ranked 17th among 500 U.S. institutions of higher education by the Wall Street Journal, and 20th in the 2017 Best Colleges guidebook from U.S. News & World Report.

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Match Process - Application Cycle Open!

The Emory Genetic Counseling Training program will accept its seventh class of 11-12 students to begin Fall of 2019. Applications will be accepted through December 20th, 2018. Read More >>


Caitlin Austin, MMSc, CGC – Class of 2016

Emory graduate receives NSGC Best Student Abstract Award

Genetic Counselor Contact, Shadowing and Internship Opportunities in Georgia October 2017

This link provides information on genetic counselors in the state of GA who are willing to be contacted by a prospective student; can accommodate requests for shadowing; may consider student volunteers; or have a potential interest in a genetic counseling assistant or intern.  Please note that information on this list does not guarantee an opportunity and is only updated on an annual basis.