NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Program

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The National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention offers two courses over a five-week period designed to engage participants in an interactive training experience, providing a thorough knowledge about cancer prevention and control.    


Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course

July 10 - August 4, 2017

This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. Participants will gain a broad-based perspective on concepts, issues, and applications related to this field.

Molecular Prevention Course

August 7-11, 2017

This one-week course on the molecular aspects of cancer prevention follows the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course. It provides a strong background in molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of cutting-edge research and techniques in the fields of molecular epidemiology, biomarkers, multi-omic, and translational research.

Lectures for both courses are usually scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (occasionally lecture times will vary).

The faculty for both courses consists of experts from the NIH, NCI, other government agencies, universities, cancer centers, and public and private organizations.

For more information on the impacts of these courses, please see the following articles:

Eligibility Requirements

All courses are open to physicians, scientists, other health professionals, fellows, and students who have an interest in cancer prevention and control. A background in epidemiology, biostatistics, or cancer biology are helpful but not required. Preference is given to individuals with a doctoral degree, to those with relevant experience in cancer prevention and control, and those who have not previously participated in the Summer Curriculum.


Registration to the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Summer Curriculum is currently CLOSED. If you would like to register for classes in 2018, please apply by November 2017

THERE IS NO COST TO REGISTER OR ATTEND EITHER COURSE. Please see the "Funding" section below for more information.

To register, you must complete an application. For All Applicants, the application requires that you provide the following documentation:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of nomination from the director of your institute or department on official letterhead

For international applicants, the application requires that you provide the following additional documentation:

  • Essay: "How do you plan to use the knowledge gained from the Curriculum when you return to your home country?" Limit your response to 300 words and include the essay in your CV.
  • Copy of Your Academic Diploma: Submit a copy of the official diploma for your most advanced degree (such as MD, Ph.D., MPH or equivalent), with English translation if necessary. Academic transcripts and/or fellowship certificates for medical specialties will not be accepted as a substitute for this copy of your official diploma.
  • English Proficiency: Submit one of the following documents: 1) a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, 2) a letter written by the director of your institute or department to confirm your English proficiency, or 3) a copy of your academic transcript confirming your completion of an English course.


Domestic Applicants: There is NO funding for domestic applicants. Room, board, and transportation expenses (including parking) are the responsibility of the participant.

International Applicants: The NCI's Center for Global Health seeks international applicants for the 2017 Summer Curriculum. Individuals currently engaged in public health programs, cancer research, and cancer control are encouraged to apply. A limited amount of financial support may be available for select meritorious applications. Applicants must include letters of support from home institutions, academic or ministerial, indicating commitment to research and continued engagement in cancer control activities.

Participants from Ireland and Northern Ireland applying through the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium: Please visit the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium page for information regarding funding.


Registrants will be notified of their status via e-mail after all materials have been received and reviewed. International applicants will be notified about their funding level by a representative from the Center for Global Health, NCI. Notifications will be sent by late April.


For course content and other general class questions, please contact:
Summer Curriculum Coordinator
Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
National Cancer Institute, NIH
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 2W-136 MSC 9712
Bethesda, MD 20892-9712
Phone: 240-276-5626
Fax: 240-276-7883

International applicants with questions regarding visas or funding, please contact:
Center for Global Health
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 3W558, MSC 9723
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (+1) 240-276-5810
Fax: (+1) 240-276-5809

If you are a person with a disability and require any assistive device, services, or other reasonable accommodation to participate in these activities, please contact the CPFP Office at 240-276-5626 at least one week in advance of the lecture date to discuss your needs.

  • Posted: February 3, 2016