Thomas Jefferson University

Master's Programs

Welcome to the Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program within the Jefferson College of Life Sciences at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), a 19-month Master’s level experience grounded in basic science and diversified through psychosocial education and varied clinical and research opportunities.   Our program received new program accreditation by the Accreditation Counsel for Genetic Counseling (ACGC) in January of 2017.    
Please view the Human Genetics & Genetic Counseling Student Handbook.

We encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our program and the challenging and rewarding profession of genetic counseling.  To learn more about the Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling Program or to schedule an on-campus visit, please email us at or


Rachael Brandt, PhD, MS, LCGC                 Zohra Ali-Khan Catts, MS, LCGC
Co-Director                                                             Co-Director

What is Genetic Counseling?

The National Society of Genetic Counselors (2005) defines genetic counseling as the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease.  This process integrates:

  • Interpretation of family and medical histories to assess the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Education about inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research.
  • Counseling to promote informed choices and adaptation to the risk or condition.

Genetic counseling is a rapidly expanding and diversifying profession that offers opportunities for practice in a wide variety of settings, such as hospitals/clinics, academia, laboratories, government agencies, public health, consulting and advocacy.  Clinical practice areas encompass many specialties including prenatal, pediatrics, cardiology, neurology, metabolic disorders, infertility, cancer, etc.  As a profession that blends scientific information with clinical, ethical, psychological and legal implications, genetic counselors have a uniquely satisfying and rewarding career that is in high demand.  

To learn more about this exciting profession, visit: