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Required and Recommended Courses

To achieve knowledge of a variety of areas within the field of cancer prevention and control, each applicant to the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) must develop a tailored educational curriculum that incorporates both the core content areas, the specific skills and knowledge needed for the individual’s training experience. The following are a list of required and recommended courses for the trainee's fellowship. 

As of 2014, CPRTP will offer one required course per year during the Spring semester.  Each CPRTP trainee must enroll in one course during the spring semesters in which they are appointed as CPRTP fellows.  Thus, fellows who spend two years in the program will be taking only one semester of Topics and one semester or Bio-Behavioral. The recommended courses are available to assist trainees in developing their educational curriculum.

Trainees are allowed to substitute 8 hours of the Postdoctoral Association's RCR training series for Ethical Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences, if they wish.

Required Courses

Recommended Courses

  • GS210051 Ethical Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences, -1 Credit Hour 
  • PH 2998 L150 Innovative Thinking, -1 Credit Hour 
  • GS210062 Professional Science Skills: Communications, -2 Credit Hours (summer only)
  • GS210123 Disparities in Health in America: Working Toward Social Justice -3 Credit Hours
  • GS210101 Surviving in Science, -1 Credit Hour
  • One of the following two courses:
    GS210132 Human Protocol Research (trials), -2 Credit Hours
    GS210232 Translational Research, -2 Credit Hours

Recommended Courses by Discipline

Epidemiology Courses

  • PH2610 Introduction to Epidemiology -3 Credit Hours
  • PH2615 Design and Management of Epidemiologic Field Studies -4 Credits Hours
  • PH2710 Advanced Epidemiologic Methods I -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 2712 Experimental Methods in Epidemiology -3 Credit Hours
  • GS40032 Molecular Epidemiology -2 Credit Hours

Cancer Biology Courses

  • GS40063 Cancer Biology, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 2165 Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS40113 Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 2910 Introduction to Microarrays and Computational Systems Biology, -2 Credit Hours

Genetics Courses

  • GS110013 Genetics and Human Disease, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS110043 Molecular and Genetic Basis of Obesity, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS110033 Methods in Genetic Epidemiology Linkage, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS110092 Genetic Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 2850 & 2925 Population Genetics, -2 Credit Hours
  • PH3315, GS110023 Molecular & Cellular Approaches to Human Genetics, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS40203 Experimental Genetics, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS110042 Population Genetics, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS110082 Psychosocial Issues in Genetics, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS110711 Seminar in Genetics and Population Biology, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS11300 Analytic Methods for Genetic Studies, -3 Credit Hours

Biophysics, Medical Physics and Nuclear Medicine Courses

  • GS020042 Radiation Biology, -2 Credit Hours
  • GS020093 Introduction to Medical Physics I, Basic Interaction, -3 Credit Hours

Nutrition and Physical Activity Courses

  • PH2998 Nutritional Epidemiology, -2 Credit Hours
  • GS110043 Molecular and Genetic Basis of Obesity, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1235 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity, -3 Credit Hours

Immunology Courses

  • GS060014 Immunology I, -4 Credits Hours
  • GS060073 Cytokines and the Immune Response, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS060102 Immunology II: Regulation of Immune Responses, -2 Credit Hours
  • GS060112 Immunology III: Molecular Immunology, -2 Credit Hours

Virology Courses

  • GS040043 Molecular Principles of Virology, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS040711 Seminar in Virology and Gene Therapy, -1 Credit Hour

Biomathematics Courses

  • GS010033 Introduction to Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS010014 Biomedical Statistics, -4 Credits Hours
  • GS010013 Bayesian Data Analysis, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS010023 Survival Analysis, -3 Credit Hours

Behavioral Science Courses

  • PH 1415 Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change, -3 Credit Hours
  • GS140023 Cognitive Neuroscience I, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1125 Principles & Practice of Data Management in Behavioral Science Research, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1130 Measurement Theory, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1330 Scientific Writing for the Behavioral Sciences, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1420 & 1421 Research Design & Analysis in Behavioral Science I & II, 3 Credit Hours

Health Promotion and Health Education Courses

  • PH7498 Special Topics in Health Promotion & Health Education (Cancer Prevention & Control), 1-4 Credit Hours
  • PH7116 Health Promotion Theory and Methods, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1115 Health Survey Research Design, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1118 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods, -3 Credit Hours
  • PH 1120 Introduction to Program Evaluation, -3 Credit Hours

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke-free workplace. This program encourages applications from women and minority students. This program is supported by the National Cancer Institute, Grant R25T-CA57730.

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Manuscript, Publications and other Trainee Resources

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Responsible Code of Conduct (RCR) Series

NIH requires all CPRTP students to complete a minimum of 8 hrs of RCR training for each stage of training in their career. 

View the current RCR Seminar Series Schedule.

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