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Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control

June 22 - June 26, 2020
8:30 a.m. - noon
2 credits
Course number: 340.623.11


This summer this course will be taught online via Zoom, on the dates and times listed above. Registered students will attend their classes virtually via Zoom, in real time with faculty and other students.

"The course is excellent! Provides a very thorough overview of the main types of cancer and the guest lecturers were amazing and experts in the topic." - Student 2019

Course Instructor:


Emphasizes the role of epidemiology in cancer prevention and control. Compares and contrasts the descriptive epidemiology, natural history, and pathologic and biologic characteristics of selected common cancers, as well as factors related to their etiology. Discusses the influence of environmental and genetic factors and their interplay on the development of cancer together with the epidemiologic issues involved in their investigation. Provides overview of problems involved in cancer prevention and screening.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of common cancers in the United States

  • Discuss the major risk factors for common cancers

  • Identify effective strategies for cancer prevention and control at the population level

Methods of Assessment:

In-class activities 2 @ 10%, written assignment 1 @ 20%, group presentation 1 @ 20%, a take-home final exam @ 35%, and participation in class discussions and activities 5%