National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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



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.


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 2 deadline to be considered.

Invitations for interviews will be presented in early March, with final decisions and offers made on May 1.


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.

How to Apply

You should use the standard application form for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which is available online. This application website will provide instructions for submitting all supporting douments, which include:

Additional Inquiries

Specific inquiries regarding the Program should be addressed to the Director:

Barbara Bowles Biesecker, M.S., Ph.D.
Phone: 301-496-3979

Or to the Program Coordinator:

Mary Ann Dunevant
Phone: 410-955-2315

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

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Last Updated: February 14, 2014