Coordinator: Dr Mary Tang (Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology)


This module introduces the students to the principles of genetic counseling. Topics covered include mode of inheritance, counselling theory, interviewing techniques and administrative skills in genetic counselling. The module will also include practical sessions to master the skills for counselling children and adults with genetic disorders.

Module 1: Principle of Genetic Counselling (20 hrs)

Coordinator: Dr CP Lee (Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology)


The aim of this module is to equip the students with communication skills specific to the setting of genetic counseling. The module consists of two parts. The first part should be taken before Module 4 (where clinical attachment is required) so that the skills learned can be used during clinical attachment. Each student will have one of his/her face to face consultation taped during the clinical attachment in Module 4. Clips of the video will be selected for presentation in the workshops in the second part of this module, which will take place after the Module 4 is completed. Workshops with active student participation are used for most of the teaching in this module.

Module 2: Risk Calculation & Effective Communication in Genetic Counselling (20 hrs)

Coordinator: Prof Eric CW Lam (Department of Pathology)


This module introduces the general principles of cytogenetics, biochemical genetics and molecular genetics in genetic testing and the various laboratory techniques for identification of disease-causing mutations. Through the practical sessions and group discussion, students will learn how to read a laboratory report.

Module 3: Clinical Application of Genetic, Cytogenetic & Biochemical Analyses in Genetic Diagnosis and Screening (20 hrs)

Coordinator: Dr Brian Chung (Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)


This module is designed to provide the knowledge for understanding normal development in pregnancy and childhood.  Students will learn about: embryonic and fetal development, the stages of pregnancy, common pregnancy-related problems; normal childhood development, methods of developmental assessment; services available to individuals with special needs; and common abnormalities affecting the various body systems. It also provides an approach to establishing a differential diagnosis incorporating principles of embryological development, dysmorphology, teratology, inborn errors of metabolism, laboratory findings and traditional and non-traditional genetic concepts. Whenever possible, disorders will be studied from the molecular defect to phenotype to burden. Clinical attachments in this module will allow students to put these concepts and approaches into practice.

Module 4: Genetics in Medicine (40 hrs)

Coordinator: Dr Dennis Ip (School of Public Health)


This module focuses on the public health implications of advances in genetic and molecular science for preventing diseases and improving the health of the population. This module will be centered on an understanding how genetic and environmental factors work together in determining susceptibility to common diseases in individuals and populations. It will also include an understanding of basic public health principles and the implications of genetic knowledge and developments for public health service provision, and the ethical, legal, cultural and policy issues involved in applying genomics to public health.

Module 5: Public Health Genomics (20 hrs)

Content of the Modules

Master of Medical Sciences (MMedSc)

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

The University of Hong Kong