Certificate in Cancer Prevention

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

FALL 2015 SEMESTER: MARCH 1, 2015

 SPRING 2016 SEMESTER: OCTOBER 1, 2015

 

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention (CCP) is designed to provide graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other health care professionals with a formal introduction to the essential components involved in the advancement of all levels of science for the prevention of cancer. 
This 12 semester-credit-hour (SCH) program, operated in the UT Health Science Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), offers formal coursework in topics relevant to cancer prevention and translational science including biostatistics, topics in cancer prevention, epidemiology, and clinical trials design and analysis. The CCP program will focus on the unique risks for cancer in the South Texas region.
The CCP program is an alternative for health professionals who do not have the time to complete the requirements of an advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree and to graduate students, fellows, and others who desire additional training in the evolving discipline of cancer prevention to supplement their clinical or basic science training.

Program Eligibility and Application Requirements:

The CCP program assumes sufficient educational background and experience in the biological or biomedical sciences.  It is expected that most students will have a health professional degree or a BS/BA or MS/MA degree with emphasis in a health-related discipline.  General requirements include:

  • Qualifying degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or an equivalent degree and/or training at a foreign institution
  • Grade Point Average no lower than a “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • A satisfactory GRE score that is less than 5 years prior to the date of application
  • Evidence of a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants from countries where English is not the native language

Other application materials include:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s readiness for graduate coursework in translational science
  • A Personal Statement (1-2 pages) describing the applicant’s background, research and career goals, and purpose for utilizing training in translational science
  • A current Curriculum Vitae

Application to the CCP Program

Applications and all other required application materials will be processed through the online application system for the UT Health Science Center’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  This application is available at:  http://apply.embark.com/grad/UTHSCSA/.  Applications are accepted year-round, but applications must be submitted within the GSBS deadlines for submission. 

CCP Requirements

Twelve semester credit hours (SCH) are required to obtain the Certificate in Cancer Prevention.
Required Courses– 8 SCH.  The following courses must be successfully completed:

MEDI 5070

2 SCH

Responsible Conduct of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research

MEDI 5071

2 SCH

Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods – 1

MEDI 5072

2 SCH

Patient-Oriented Research Biostatistics – 1

MEDI 6001

1 SCH

Introduction to Translational Science

MEDI 6105

1 SCH

Topics in Cancer Prevention

*MEDI 6106

1 SCH

Practicum in Cancer Prevention

*Enrollment in two semesters may be required.

Elective Courses – 4 SCH.  Diverse elective courses are available to accommodate the varying interests of the graduate students in this program:

MEDI 5073

1 SCH

Integrat Molecular Biology with Pt-Orient Clinical Research

MEDI 5074

2 SCH

Data Management, Quality Control, and Regulatory Issues

MEDI 5075

2 SCH

Scientific Communication

MEDI 5076

1 SCH

Introduction to Informatics

MEDI 5077

1 SCH

Translational Science Practicum

MEDI 5078

1 SCH

Intro to Intellect Property, Tech Transfer, & Communication

MEDI 5079

1 SCH

Practicum: IntellectProperty, Tech Transfer & Communication

MEDI 5080

1 SCH

Practicum: Integrat Molec Bio with Pt-Orient Clin Research

MEDI 6060

2 SCH

Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods – 2

MEDI 6061

2 SCH

Patient-Oriented Research Biostatistics – 2

MEDI 6064

1 SCH

Grantsmanship and Peer Review

MEDI 6065

2 SCH

Health Services Research

MEDI 6066

1 SCH

Instrument Development and Validation

MEDI 6067

1 SCH

Genetics and Genetic Epidemiology

MEDI 6068

1 SCH

Cross Cultural Adaptation of Research Instruments

MEDI 6100

1 SCH

Practicum in IACUC Procedures

MEDI 6101

1 SCH

Topics in Translational Science

MEDI 6102

1 SCH

Practicum in IRB Procedures

MEDI 6103

1 SCH

Selected Topics in Advanced Research Ethics

Program Completion

After completing all course requirements, the CCP student must complete a Request for Certification Form.  This will be forwarded to the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) for approval.  Once approved by the COGS, the recommendation for awarding a Certificate in Cancer Prevention will be forwarded to the GSBS Dean.  With this final approval, the Certificate will be issued.
Certification Request Form

Questions or Information

Please contact Leticia De Los Santos (Delossantos@uthscsa.edu or 210-450-1437) at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center for questions about the CCP program.