As the science and practice of genomics increasingly turns attention to its role in common chronic illness prevention and treatment, contributions from public health become more visible. Integration of genomics into health care and public health is often framed by principles such as equity and utility, and the accompanying need to translate findings into interventions. This paper will discuss the ways the discipline of public health is in position to lead the way in promoting these principles. This can only occur with the support of an educated workforce and informed consumer base. Recommendations from the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society address the issues of education and training these groups, and are summarized.

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