anytime, individually
1 Semester

CHF 1'500
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Online Continuing Education for Hereditary Chronic Diseases

With this online course, we provide you with an international and interprofessional continuing education that you can complete flexibly in terms of time and location. Another advantage: You can watch the lecturers' video lectures as often as you like.
This will enable you to work as a competent professional in an interdisciplinary team in the long-term You will be optimally qualified to work as a competent professional in an interdisciplinary team in the care of people with genetic diseases and their relatives. This continuing education course is a cooperation between the Careum School of Health and Hirslanden AG.

Interprofessional support for inherited diseases

The constant methodological and technical developments in human genetics and diagnostics are leading to a growing need for professionals with a specialised competence profile in an interprofessional team. This is necessary to ensure optimal lifelong care for individuals and families affected by chronic hereditary diseases.

Basics in Clinical Genetics – acting professionally in an interprofessional team

The focus of this online module is on acquiring basic and essential knowledge of human genetics, including an insight into genetic laboratory testing. This provides the basis for improved guidance and interprofessional care for those affected by genetic and genomic diseases and their families.

Competent identification and management of hereditary diseases

Genetic testing is becoming increasingly important in the diagnosis of hereditary disease or predisposition to disease. The module "Basics in Clinical Genetics" enables graduates to participate in interprofessional teams in medical-genetic institutions and to take on tasks related to identifying, recording, and managing individuals with hereditary diseases.

The online module is aimed at professionals from health and social care, e.g. nurses, medical doctors, psychologists. It focuses on tasks commonly performed by interprofessional teams, including but not limited to human geneticists, genetic counsellors and other healthcare professionals, when caring for people with inherited conditions.

Learning outcomes/skills

In the course you will expand your competencies in the areas of:

  • Apply basic knowledge of human genetics to clinical practice
  • Obtain know-how in genetic/genomic diagnostic laboratory techniques
  • Acquire knowledge of the functioning of a genetics laboratory
  • Gain expertise in working in an inter-professional team and a deeper understanding of (one's own) role and responsibilities

Course content

Structure and function of genes and chromosomes

  • Genetic variation – types of mutations and their source
  • Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance
  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Interprofessional teams

Teaching and learning methods

An international, inter-professional e-learning course that includes video lectures by experts, self-assessment tasks, problem-based learning and reflection on the learning process.

Certificate of achievement

Certificate of attendance

Module responsibility

Bettina Schwind, PhD Public Health, MA

Video lectures

National and international experts (geneticists / genetic nursing / genetic counseling):

Admission requirements

  • Completed studies at university or university of applied sciences
  • Professional education and training qualification and sufficient professional experience in a vocational field of relevance to the continuing education, and appropriate scientific knowledge
  • Extraordinary admission: individual examination by the admission committee

Other admission routes and detailed information about the admissions requirements can be found on the Department of Health information page.

Course code


Course order

An individual start is possible at any time.

Learning time/ECTS

75–90 hours, 3 ECTS



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