Cancer Prevention

The Certificate in Cancer Prevention (CCP) is designed to provide fundamental curricular activities in the science of cancer prevention to Health Science Center students, postdoctoral trainees, clinical residents and fellows, and faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Professions, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) as well as from local organizations that are partnered with the Health Science Center. It provides specialized training in the prevention of cancers afflicting individuals who are at risk for prostate, breast, liver/biliary and oral cancers, and childhood cancers.  Although other organizations have included cancer prevention training as a part of their Master's in Public Health program or training grants, there are no other cancer prevention certificate programs in the country.

Certificate in Cancer Prevention Admissions Requirements

The CCP Program has an open application policy and will accept on-line applications for admission at any time.

However, GSBS deadlines (for submission of on-line applications and required documentation) for matriculation in a specific academic semester are listed below.

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

All transcripts from foreign institutions (including GPA) must be evaluated and submitted by an approved foreign credentialing evaluation agency.  Applicants should submit course by course transcript evaluations (including GPA) from the Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or the World Education Services, Inc. (WES).

A minimum score of 300 (1,000 for scores prior to August 2011) score for the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.

Applicants who have completed a graduate degree in a health-related discipline (M.D., D.D.S., R.N., D.V.M., M.S., or Ph.D.) will be exempted from the requirement to complete the GRE.

A minimum score of 560 on the paper version or 68 on the internet version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants from countries where English is not the native language.

Scores on TOEFL or IELTS tests taken more than two years prior to the date of matriculation will not be accepted.

Letters of recommendation (three) attesting to the applicant's readiness for graduate level studies in translational science.

If a matriculated graduate student has a Supervising Professor, one letter must be provided by this individual.

A Personal Statement (1-2 pages) that includes a brief description of the applicant’s background, long term research and/or career goals, and an indication of the basis for application into the CCP Program including how this program fits into the applicant’s career objectives.

A current curriculum vitae is required.

Certificate in Cancer Prevention Certificate Requirements

Twelve semester credit hours of didactic coursework are required to obtain the CCP.  Satisfactory completion of required and elective coursework is also needed in order to be recommended for awarding of the certificate.

Certificate in Cancer Prevention Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCredit Hours
TSCI 5070Responsible Conduct Of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research 2
TSCI 5071Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-1 2
TSCI 5072Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-1 2
TSCI 6105Topics in Cancer Prevention 1
TSCI 6001Introduction To Translational Science 1
TSCI 6106Practicum in Cancer Prevention Science 0.5-1
TSCI Elective course (see list below)  4
 Total Credit Hours: 12.5-13.0

CCP Elective Courses (may be taken in any semester when offered)

TSCI 5073Integrated Molecular Biology With Patient-Oriented Clinical Research1
TSCI 5074Data Management, Quality Control And Regulatory Issues2
TSCI 5075Scientific Communication2
TSCI 5076Introduction To Informatics1
TSCI 5077Translational Science Training (TST) Practicum1-3
TSCI 5078Introduction to Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization1
TSCI 5079Practicum in Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization0.5-1
TSCI 5080Integrating Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Practicum1
TSCI 6060Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-22
TSCI 6061Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-22
TSCI 6064Grantsmanship and Peer Review1
TSCI 6065Health Services Research2
TSCI 6066Instrument Development And Validation1
TSCI 6067Genetics And Genetic Epidemiology1
TSCI 6068Cross-Cultural Adaptation Of Research Instruments1
TSCI 6069Statistical Issues, Planning, And Analysis Of Contemporary Clinical Trials2
TSCI 6070Biostatistics Methods For Longitudinal Studies2.5
TSCI 6100Practicum In IACUC Procedures1
TSCI 6101Topics In Translational Science1
TSCI 6102Practicum In IRB Procedures1
TSCI 6103Selected Topics In Advanced Research Ethics1-3

Certificate in Cancer Prevention Objectives and Program Outcomes

The goal of this program is to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other health care professionals with specialized training in the essential components of the science of cancer prevention. 

Specific aims are to support the intellectual environment at the Health Science Center for cancer prevention science, and to provide fundamental curricular activities in science of cancer prevention to Health Science Center students, postdoctoral trainees, clinical residents and fellows, and faculty from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Health Professions, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as well as from local organizations that are partnered with The Health Science Center. The aims will be achieved via participation and successful completion of required didactic coursework.

Certificate in Cancer Prevention Program-Specific Policies for Laptop Computers

Students are required to have a laptop computer that can connect to and operate over a wireless network. 

Software Required:

  • Microsoft Office Suite  (A personal copy of the latest version can be purchased at the Health Science Center bookstore at student pricing with a student ID).
  • Stata/IC  (The latest version is required for TSCI 5072 Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-1). 

Laptops with an Apple based Operating System must be able to also operate using a Windows based Operating System.