Public health genetics applies genetic and genomic information to improve public health and prevent disease.
Programs that make up public health genetics include, but are not limited to: educating healthcare providers, patients and their families, the general public, and policymakers on genetics; providing genetic services (such as newborn screening or cancer screening); providing guidance on laws and regulations that affect individuals with genetic conditions; and much more.
Highlighted below is the framework for public health genetics. Additionally, we have included resources that further describe public health and genetics.
Public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public, and private communities, and individuals” – CEA Winslow (CDC)
Genomics is “the study of the entire genome (all of a person’s genes) and the interaction of these genes with each other and with the person’s environment.” (Genome.gov)