Course Description: Intro to Genomic Medicine for Nurses in Africa Training – 2017

Course Objectives: 

The purpose of this Professional Development Course is to provide genomics and genetics education to nurses based in Africa. The course will emphasize the practical application of content into learners’ current settings and roles. The problem-based practical sessions will emphasize increased knowledge in the genetics of African health issues. In addition, skills in Genetic counselling, Community engagement/Ethical conduct in research and patient care and development of health promotion material will be re-enforced. Therefore the course seeks to support improved Genetics & Genomics knowledge, attitudes and skills for:

  • research nurses in the biomedical field or those aspiring to be research nurses.
  • specialist nurses working in the genomics/genetics field.
  • general nurse practitioners in their day to day duties, or recent graduates.

Eligibility: Applicants will be recruited from across Africa. The course is open to all qualified and practising African-based nurses who are computer savvy. Preferance will be given to nurses dealing with genetics and genomics

Key Learning Outcomes: By the end of the course, learners should be able to:

  • Develop and implement a plan of care for patients’ that incorporates genetic and genomics information and is sensitive to individual and cultural preferences and norms.
  • Offer basic genetic counselling to patients and families
  • Conduct genomics research that is ethical and appropriate to their context

Format: The Course will be delivered via a distributed virtual classroom approach, similar in structure to the STARS Career development course which was developed through the Association of Common Wealth Universities and was recently adopted and adapted by the H3ABioNet Introduction to Bioinformatics Training course. Lecturers will deliver courses online via a virtual room and learners will access the lessons in physical classrooms distributed across Africa.

Sessions: These will be conducted once every week on Wednesday during classes and during the same slot for about 2hrs and 15mins.

Classroom preparations & individual reading:  30 mins

Introductions with class: 15 mins

Listen to downloaded videos: 1 hour

Online Session with trainers: 15 mins 

Practical Session – 45 mins 

Quiz: 15 mins


The mConf – video conferencing system will be used for live online discussions and delivery of lectures. The course will be managed and implemented via Vula (Learning Management System).

Assessments: Each topic will be assessed and a minimum of 60% average is required for learners to obtain a certificate. Assessments will include quizzes, discussions, problems/case studies for practical sessions and a mini research project. The different types of assessments will contribute towards the final assessment as follows.

Quizzes – 30%; Online discussions10%; Pre-class exercises – 10%; Practical Sessions done in pairs/groups 20%; Mini Project (To be submitted at the end of the course) – 30%

Accreditation: The course will be accredited via the University of Cape Town and the University of Pretoria.

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