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MedTech: Exploring the Human Genome

  • Categories Healthcare
  • Duration 30h
  • Total Enrolled 0
  • Last Update October 15, 2021

About Course

University of Leeds


Learn how genomics is changing the future of healthcare

Advances in genomics have opened up exciting new possibilities for healthcare. On this course, you’ll learn what genomics is, and how it can revolutionise patient care. You’ll learn how genomic testing works, and consider the regulatory and ethical issues that surround it.

You’ll explore how genomics can improve patient care by understanding how genomic data helps clinicians to identify illness risk more accurately, using the specific examples of cancer and epidemics such as Zika virus disease. You will also look at the future of genomics, and how it might impact healthcare roles.

What topics will you cover?

  • What is genomics?
  • Who are the stakeholders?
  • What are the challenges?
  • Addressing patients’ needs
  • How are healthcare roles evolving?
  • MedTech innovations in genomics


Who will you learn with?

paolo actis

paolo actis

I am a Lecturer at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds and I research the fundamental differences between health and disease using nanotechnology



Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

What Will I Learn?

  • Describe how the field of genomics has broadly developed over the past 20 years
  • Explore the role of DNA sequencing in identifying the risk of disease
  • Discuss how genomics impacts on citizens, healthcare professionals and providers 
  • Reflect on the ethical, regulatory and accessibility challenges of genomics
  • Describe the commercial opportunities of technological developments in genomics 
  • Debate the developments in genomics for healthcare

Topics for this course

15 Lessons30h


Before you get started, take some time to meet the educators who will support you throughout the course. You'll have the opportunity to meet your fellow learners and plan your learning journey.
Welcome to the course ARTICLE

What is genomics??

In this activity, you’ll consider your current knowledge of genomics, with an initial reflection on media and scientific presentations. You’ll then consider the role of DNA and explore key achievements of the Human Genome Project.

Who are the stakeholders??

In this activity, you have the opportunity to explore how technological developments in genomics and methods of sequencing affect different stakeholders. You’ll also consider the impacts on screening, diagnosis and treatment.

The challenges of genomic testing?

In this activity, you explore how genomic testing works and the ways in which genomic risk is perceived by different stakeholders. You will also consider related regulatory and ethical issues.


This revision activity is optional and is designed for those signed up for the MedTech Futures program.


To close this week of the course, you have the opportunity to check your understanding, reflect on the week and explore the Glossary

Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech product design and genomics.
  • The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.