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The Johns Hopkins University/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Training Program


Group photo of genetic counseling training students and select faculty members


An applicant's potential to become a skilled, compassionate, and self-aware counselor is an absolute criterion for admission. The greatest consideration will be given to applicants whom we consider best able to advance the profession of genetic counseling through their leadership in research and their interface with the fields of public health, public policy and health education.

An admissions committee, composed of the Executive Committee, reviews the entire application package and considers the overall balance of each applicant's qualifications.

  • Completion of the General Aptitude Test of the GRE.
  • Completion of undergraduate level courses in biochemistry and genetics.
  • Counseling experience, either paid or voluntary.

In addition, prior coursework in statistics is strongly recommended.

The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health requires applicants from countries where English is not the primary, official language to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. A minimum TOEFL score of 250 on the computer-based test OR 600 on the paper-based test OR 100 on the Internet-based test is required for admission. The minimum IELTS score is 7. Applicants who have completed an accredited degree program within the United States are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.


Applications must be submitted and completed by the January 15 deadline to be considered.

Invitations for interviews will be presented in late February, with final decisions and offers made on the agreed upon national notification date in late April or early May.


The JHU/NHGRI Program supports diversification of the genetic counseling profession. A diverse profession leads to a richer professional dialogue and enhances genetic counseling for minority communities. Therefore, candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences are welcomed. We especially encourage candidates from groups currently under-represented in the genetic counseling profession, including people with disabilities, men, and people from ethnic and racial minorities.

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How to Apply

You should use the standard application form for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  You will be following instructions and deadlines for the ScM degree in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society. This application website will provide instructions for submitting all supporting documents, which include:

  • Official transcripts from their undergraduate institution(s)
  • curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Official scores from the GRE exam.
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which should be an academic recommendation from an instructor or advisor).
  • A personal statement.
  • When appropriate, scores from the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

The National Human Genome Research Institute/Johns Hopkins Genetic Counseling Training Program is participating in the Genetic Counseling Admissions Match through National Matching Services (NMS) beginning with admissions for Fall 2018.  The GC Admissions Match has been established to enhance the process of placing applicants into positions in masters-level genetic counseling programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC). The Match uses a process that takes into account both applicants' and programs' preferences.  All applicants must first register for the Match with NMS before applying to participating genetic counseling graduate programs. At the conclusion of all program interviews, both applicants and programs will submit ranked lists of preferred placements to NMS according to deadlines posted on the NMS website.  The binding results of the Match will be released to both applicants and programs simultaneously in late April.

Please visit the NMS website to register for the match, review detailed information about the matching process, and to view a demonstration of how the matching algorithm works.

For Fall 2019 admissions, there is not a formal place for entering the NMS match number into the online Johns Hopkins application. 

*Please put your NMS match number in the header of your personal statement. *

Additional Inquiries

Specific inquiries regarding the program should be addressed to:

Lori Hamby Erby, ScM, Ph.D., C.G.C.
Phone: 301-443-2635

Or to the Program Coordinator:

Tyler Wisniewski
Phone: 301-443-0283

Questions about the application procedure itself should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Bloomberg School of Public Health
The Johns Hopkins University
615 North Wolfe Street, E1002
Baltimore, MD 21205-2179
Phone: 410-955-3543
Fax: 410-955-0464

Last Updated: March 18, 2019