The University of Utah has a national and international reputation as a center of excellence in genetics. The University has a student body of over 31,000 and a large health sciences center. It houses the Department of Human Genetics, the Division of Medical Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics, and multiple programs that have a strong genetic component, including the Division of Maternal & Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. In addition, the Utah State Department of Health houses the Birth Defects Network and ARUP Laboratories and Myriad Genetics, Inc. are two nationally prominent laboratories that provide genetic testing and research.
The George and Dolores Eccles Institute of Human Genetics is the focal point for genetic research at the University of Utah. The Institute houses the Department of Human Genetics, Molecular Biology Program, Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Genetic Science Learning Center. Much of the University's success in genetic research comes from working with Utah families. Because Utahns tend to have large families and keep extensive genealogy records, they are ideal partners for investigating human genetics. The Department provides administrative support and instruction in Human Genetics and awards the Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling.
The Department of Pediatrics is the second largest department in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. The Department also provides the medical staff and administration for Primary Children’s Hospital, a 289-bed tertiary care hospital, which provides care for children in many states on the western side of the Rockies. The Division of Medical Genetics has active clinical and research programs, multiple nationally and internationally known faculty members, the editorial office for the American Journal of Medical Genetics, and has spearheaded the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. The Division currently has 7 clinical geneticists and three genetic counselors. The Division provides clinical supervision and instruction in Clinical Genetics, Human Genetics, Genetics and Human Development, and Epidemiology.
The Huntsman Cancer Institute with its partner, the Huntsman Cancer Hospital, provides premier research and patient care settings and currently employs six cancer genetic counselors. Faculty and staff of the Institute and genetic counselors at Myriad Genetics, Inc. provide instruction and clinical supervision in Cancer Genetics.
The Divisions of Maternal & Fetal Medicine in the University of Utah School of Medicine, Intermountain Medical Center, the Utah Pregnancy RiskLine and ARUP Laboratories provide instruction and/or clinical experience in perinatal genetics topics. Both Maternal & Fetal Medicine Divisions have an active perinatal service, including a clinical geneticist/perinatologist, genetic counselors, and high-level diagnostic imaging capabilities. The Pregnancy RiskLine is a full-time teratology service that serves Utah and surrounding states. ARUP Laboratories is a large non-profit national reference lab owned by the University of Utah. It houses biochemical, molecular, cytogenetics and special chemistry labs and employs multiple genetic counselors.
The Health Sciences Education Building houses medical, health, nursing, pharmacy and allied health students (including genetic counseling students). There are 40 classrooms acommodating from 15 to 150 students, lounges, computer and wet labs and a cafe. The building has state-of-the-art communication facilities. For more information, see http://hseb.utah.edu/.
Genetic counseling students have a student office and small conference room in the School of Medicine.