Texas health educators'practice in basic genomics education and services. Academic Article uri icon


  • Background: Health educators (HEs), who are specialized in health education, can provide basic genomics education/services to the public. Such practice of HEs is unknown. We examined HEs' genomics knowledge and practice, intention, attitudes, self-efficacy and perceived barriers in providing basic genomics education/services. Materials & methods: Texas HEs (n=662) were invited to complete the survey that was developed based on theoretical constructs (i.e., practice/behavior, intention, attitudes, self-efficacy, knowledge and perceived barriers) from various health behavior theories. Results: Among 182 HEs completed the survey, most had never/seldom provided basic genomics education/services. Participants' practice was positively associated with their intention in performing basic genomics education/services and previous genomics training. Intention to offer such education/services was positively related to HEs' self-efficacy and attitudes, which were correlated to previous genomics training. Conclusion: Texas HEs lacked basic genomics education/services practice. As previous genomics training was associated with HEs' practice, providing continuing education may enhance their practice.

published proceedings

  • Per Med

author list (cited authors)

  • Chen, L., Zhao, S., Yeh, Y., Eble, T. N., Dhar, S. U., & Kwok, O.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Chen, Lei-Shih||Zhao, Shixi||Yeh, Yu-Lyu||Eble, Tanya N||Dhar, Shweta U||Kwok, Oi-Man

publication date

  • January 2021