About Us

Since 1990, the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling has continually evolved to meet the changing needs of our field and the future of the profession. We welcome your interest in our program and invite you to learn more.

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Mission & Vision

Who We Are

We are a collaborative community of experienced leadership and highly engaged faculty across Chicagoland and beyond. Our students bring talent, commitment and diverse perspectives to the genetic counseling profession.

Our Mission

We foster students to be adaptable, resilient and lifelong learners. These professionals will intentionally challenge current practice and professional norms, provide informed and intersectional service and advocacy for their patients and communities, produce cutting-edge research and advance innovative education.

Our Vision

We will be on the forefront of genomic healthcare as change-leaders of educational and professional progress in the field of genetic counseling.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

The Northwestern Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is committed to increasing diversity of our students to help address the underrepresentation of marginalized individuals in the field of genetics and genetic counseling. Diversity can be reflected in areas such as: socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, disability, neurodiversity, and unique work or life experience.

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