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
|TSCI 5070||Responsible Conduct Of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research||2|
|TSCI 5071||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-1||2|
|TSCI 5072||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-1||2|
|TSCI 6105||Topics in Cancer Prevention||1|
|TSCI 6001||Introduction To Translational Science||1|
|TSCI 6106||Practicum 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 5073||Integrated Molecular Biology With Patient-Oriented Clinical Research||1|
|TSCI 5074||Data Management, Quality Control And Regulatory Issues||2|
|TSCI 5075||Scientific Communication||2|
|TSCI 5076||Introduction To Informatics||1|
|TSCI 5077||Translational Science Training (TST) Practicum||1-3|
|TSCI 5078||Introduction to Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization||1|
|TSCI 5079||Practicum in Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Commercialization||0.5-1|
|TSCI 5080||Integrating Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Practicum||1|
|TSCI 6060||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods-2||2|
|TSCI 6061||Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Biostatistics-2||2|
|TSCI 6064||Grantsmanship and Peer Review||1|
|TSCI 6065||Health Services Research||2|
|TSCI 6066||Instrument Development And Validation||1|
|TSCI 6067||Genetics And Genetic Epidemiology||1|
|TSCI 6068||Cross-Cultural Adaptation Of Research Instruments||1|
|TSCI 6069||Statistical Issues, Planning, And Analysis Of Contemporary Clinical Trials||2|
|TSCI 6070||Biostatistics Methods For Longitudinal Studies||2.5|
|TSCI 6100||Practicum In IACUC Procedures||1|
|TSCI 6101||Topics In Translational Science||1|
|TSCI 6102||Practicum In IRB Procedures||1|
|TSCI 6103||Selected Topics In Advanced Research Ethics||1-3|
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.
- 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.