The University of South Florida (USF) is proud to offer the first Genetic Counseling Graduate Program in the State of Florida. Our program includes a unique combination of training in medical genetics/genomics, public health, and communication and counseling skills. Students of this program will gain the technical knowledge and clinical experience needed to compete in the rapidly growing field of genetic counseling and the emerging field of precision medicine.
In October 2016, our program received accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The new Genetic Counseling degree is a comprehensive, 21-month, full-time program that consists of didactic and skill-based course work, multiple clinical rotations and field experiences beginning in the first semester, independent learning opportunities, and a thesis research requirement. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master’s of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Genetic Counseling (MSPH-GC) and will be eligible to sit for the national board certification exam that is administered by the American Board ofGenetic Counseling (ABGC).
Genetic Counseling is a growing profession with a wide array of employment opportunities. Genetic counselors work in a variety of clinical, laboratory, industry, and research settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of genetic counselors is expected to grow 29%, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. You can learn more about the genetic counseling profession by visiting the website of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).
The mission of the USF Health Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is to train genetic counselors to evaluate, understand, and meet the evolving needs of genomic health care service delivery. Our goal is to prepare program graduates to provide compassionate clinical care to individuals and families and to engage in educational, research, and policy efforts to ensure that genomic technologies and genetic counseling positively and equitably benefit individuals, families, institutions, communities, and diverse populations.
Leadership from the USF College of Public Health have teamed up with faculty across the University and beyond to create the Genetic Counseling Program. USF’s Division of Genetics & Metabolism, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Orlando Health, Integrated Genetics and other community partners will provide students with the hands-on counseling experience required for graduation.
Minimum requirements to apply for all MSPH concentrations:
experiences and scores for the Genetic Counseling concentration:
Process and Deadline
Interested individuals who meet the minimum requirements must complete and pay fees that are associated with each of the following three tasks that are described in more detail below.
a) Submit an application through SOPHAS
b) Submit an application to USF’s Graduate Admissions
c) Register for the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match
a) SOPHAS application - http://sophas.org/
Application materials to be submitted to SOPHAS include:
b) USF Graduate Admissions - http://www.usf.edu/admissions/graduate/index.aspx
- All original transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (even if the credit was transferred to or is reflected on another transcript)
- Official GRE scores
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Statement of purpose or objectives (approximately 2 pages double spaced)
- 3 Letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources
- TOEFL scores (if applicable)
- WES evaluation (www.wes.org) for applicants with degrees earned from outside of US.
Applicants must also complete a short graduate school application using the above link.
c) Genetic Counseling Match Registration - https://natmatch.com/gcadmissions/
All applicants must register and pay a fee online to participate in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match that will be administered by National Matching Services. Only applicants registered for the match can have their applications reviewed. Please visit the website above for more information about the matching process and to register with this service.
Please note that applicants to the MSPH who are interested in the Genetic Counseling Concentration must submit all application materials by December 15, 2017 to be competitive. This is based on the admission timeline as determined by the Association of Genetic Counseling Program Directors. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you submit your application in November or Early December and check with SOPHAS often to ensure that the application has been verified.
Genetic Counseling Courses
View the genetic counseling course listing here
View frequently asked questions here
We will be hosting an open house on Monday September 17th, 2018 at 6:00 pm for anyone who is interested in learning more about the field of
genetic counseling and our program. Prospective students will have the
opportunity to meet our program director and other leadership, current
students, and many of our clinical supervisors. This year’s event will be held
Interdisciplinary Research Building (IDRB)
3720 Spectrum Blvd, Suite 302
Tampa FL, 33612
If you are interested in attending this year’s Open House please let us know by emailing email@example.com. You will be placed on the registration list and provided a parking permit.