The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG), CDC
Since 1997, CDC’s Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) has served CDC programs, other federal agencies, state health departments, and other external partners by identifying, evaluating, and implementing evidence-based genomics practices to prevent and control the country’s leading chronic, infectious, environmental, and occupational diseases.
To integrate genomics knowledge and applications responsibly and effectively into health care and disease prevention, OPHG is:
- Promoting the appropriate use of evidence-based genomic tests,
- Evaluating genomic tests to identify opportunities to improve health,
- Building the evidence base for genomics in public health, and
- Providing communication and training about public health genomics.
To find out more, please read Public Health Genomics 2013 At a Glance
What is Genomics?
Genomics is the study of all the genes in a person, as well as the interactions of those genes with each other and a person's environment. All people are 99.9% identical in genetic makeup, but differences in the remaining 0.1% hold important clues about health and disease.