Date of Award




Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, xi, 119 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Wendy E Weller

Committee Members

Erin M Bell, David P Armstrong


Genetic Counseling, Genetic Counselor, Supply, Trends, Work Setting, Workforce, Genetic counselors, Genetic counseling

Subject Categories

Genetics | Medicine and Health Sciences


The purpose of this study was to identify and measure trends in genetic counselor (GC) workforce supply in the United States from 2002 to 2016. Using data collected biennially from the National Society of Genetic Counselors’ Professional Status Survey (PSS), I calculated overall percent change in GC employment across specific work settings over the past 14 years. I also measured change in the relative percentage of GCs who provide direct patient counseling (i.e. clinical GCs) to determine if the percentage of clinical GCs decreased over time. Analyses were performed to determine if associations existed between GC work settings and 1) percentage of clinical GCs employed by those work settings, and 2) average number of new patient visits per week.