Letter From the Director

Welcome to the University of Arizona Genetic Counseling Graduate Program (UAZGCGP). I am pleased that you are interested in the field of genetic counseling and exploring our program.

The UAZGCGP is administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences at the UArizona and has an academic home in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) under the College of Medicine - Tucson. The UAZGCGP builds on the strengths of a program offered by the University of Arizona from 1995 through 2005. The strengths of the program include: senior leadership and outstanding course content and clinical rotations. The program opened its doors to our inaugural class in the fall semester of 2019. Students in our program have the opportunity to work in diverse clinical settings with genetics professionals in both Tucson and Phoenix. The UAZGCGP and the ASU GC Program are the only genetic counseling training programs in Arizona, and two of just a few in the Southwestern United States.

The mission of our program is to provide a well-rounded education in genetic counseling through rigorous and diverse academic, clinical and research experiences, preparing the next generation of genetic counselors in an ever evolving landscape.

 Our program's objectives are to prepare graduate students who will be able to:

  • Work as a member of a genetic/genomic health care team
  • Interpret family and medical histories to assess the likelihood of disease occurrence or recurrence.
  • Provide patient counseling to promote informed personal and medical choices, as well as adaptation to the risk or condition.
  • Incorporate issues related to diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusiveness into professional practice

  • Educate clients, clinicians and the public about genetic conditions, inheritance, testing, management, prevention, resources and research on inherited conditions.

I invite you to explore our website and our program.

Please contact our Graduate Coordinator, Kathy Ben at kben@email.arizona.edu or myself at quinn@pharmacy.arizona.edu if you have questions.


Dee Quinn, MS, CGC
Program Director, University of Arizona GCGP
Director, Genetic Counseling Services and Clinical Genetics Educator

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.