About the Program

Welcome to the Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.

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Amanda Bergner, MS, CGC, ​ Program Director

We are part of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, which is situated on a 20-acre campus in Northern Manhattan. Our mission is to prepare emerging leaders in genetic counseling with a strong foundation in the genetic and genomic sciences, precision medicine, humanistic counseling, and ethical inquiry. We celebrate the rich complexity of the human experience and advocate for the use of genetics and genomics to promote social justice in health care. The educational experience we offer is enhanced by an expansive curriculum, exposure to world-renowned faculty and clinical investigators, and our focus on compassion and listening.

Our curriculum is built on the premise that attainment of competence and scholarship requires that, once having been provided with the resources, students can learn independently and collaboratively. We believe that this emphasis upon both independent and collaborative learning is the most effective mechanism for preparing students to practice in an evolving health care system.

Through coursework, fieldwork, and research, students from the Columbia University Genetic Counseling Graduate Program develop a strong foundation not only in the genetic and genomic sciences and their application to health in the era of precision medicine but also in the social implications of these rapidly advancing fields.

Come, join us.