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Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century: Using Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease

Muin J. Khoury, Wylie Burke, and Elizabeth Thomson


With the accelerating discovery of human genes, public health professionals are increasingly confronted with a large body of scientific information that will guide public health action. Because the broad mission of public health is to fulfill society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy, the integration of new genetic information in public health research, policy, and program development is unavoidable. Public health leadership is urgently needed to aid in the use of genetic information to improve health and prevent disease, and to address ethical, legal, and social ... More

Keywords: human genes, public health research, disease prevention, health promotion, genetics, newborn screening, genetic screening, communication issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195128307
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128307.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Muin J. Khoury, editor
Centers for Disease Control

Wylie Burke, editor
University of Washington, School of Medicine

Elizabeth Thomson, editor
National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health



I Genetics and Public Health: an Overview

II Public Health Assessment

III Evaluation of Genetic Testing

IV Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Population Interventions

V Genetics and Public Health: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

VI Communication, Education, and Information Dissemination

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