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Cancer Prevention

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention 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 training program will prepare professionals to integrate within interdisciplinary investigative teams for the conduct of cancer prevention research in culturally diverse settings.

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Program Description 

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention 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 Graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention program will focus on the unique risks for cancer in the South Texas region.

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention 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.

Application Requirements 

The Graduate Certificate in Cancer Prevention 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 or the academic version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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

How To Apply

An online application for admission into the CCP Program must be processed through the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended by the applicant are required; these must be submitted in sealed institutional envelopes. 

In addition, all transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated and submitted by either the Education Credential evaluations, Inc. (ECE) or the World Education Services, Inc. (WES). Official GRE and TOEFL or IELTS (academic version) test scores must also be submitted Deadlines. The CCP Program has an open application policy and will accept applications for admission year round in accordance with application deadlines. However, GSBS deadlines (for submission of application and required documentation) for matriculation in a specific academic semester are listed below.

- Fall Semester April 1

- Spring Semester October 1

Applicants will have the responsibility for the timely submission of application materials in order to meet the deadlines established by the GSBS for registration and course enrollment.

Student Pathways

After acceptance as a candidate working towards the certificate, students may undertake course requirements for graduation while enrolled as either a full-time or part-time student. 

Full-Time Students: Full-time students are enrolled in at least eight (8) semester credit hours (SCH) during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

Part-time Students: Part-time students are enrolled for less than eight (8) SCH credit hours per semester during the Fall or Spring semesters. A part-time student must enroll in at least four (4) SCH per semester. 

UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Faculty and Staff: UT Health Science Center at San Antonio faculty and staff may apply for admission in the CCP Program. The amount of course work that can be taken by faculty or staff in a given semester is subject to the ‘quantity of work’ rules outlined in the Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP). 

Non-degree seeking students: Non-degree seeking students may enroll in courses and receive GSBS course credit without matriculation (admission) into a graduate program. For those not already matriculated into other GSBS graduate programs, an online application must be submitted to the GSBS for approval by the Dean [this would also include faculty, staff, or others]. The appropriate course director or the MSCI-TS Academic Programs Coordinator must approve the enrollment of any non-Certificate in Cancer Prevention degree seeking student in all MSCI-TS courses and sign course cards (provided by the GSBS Dean’s Office). Course credit earned as a non-degree seeking student can be applied towards a Certificate in Cancer Prevention following formal application and acceptance into the CCP Program.

Curriculum 

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

TSCI 50702 SCHResponsible Conduct of Patient-Oriented Clinical Research
TSCI 50712 SCHPatient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods – 1
TSCI 50722 SCHPatient-Oriented Research Biostatistics – 1
TSCI 60011 SCHIntroduction to Translational Science
TSCI 61051 SCHTopics in Cancer Prevention
*TSCI 61061 SCHPracticum 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:

TSCI 5073

1 SCHIntegrated Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research
TSCI 50501 SCHIntroduction to Data Science
TSCI 50742 SCHData Management, Quality Control, and Regulatory Issues
TSCI 50752 SCHScientific Communication
TSCI 50761 SCHIntroduction to Informatics
TSCI 50771 SCHTranslational Science Practicum
TSCI 50781 SCHIntro to Intellect Property, Tech Transfer, & Communication
TSCI 50791 SCHPracticum: Intellectual Property, Tech Transfer & Communication
TSCI 50801 SCHPracticum: Integrated Molecular Biology with Patient-Oriented Clinical Research
TSCI 60602 SCHPatient-Oriented Clinical Research Methods – 2
TSCI 60612 SCHPatient-Oriented Research Biostatistics – 2
TSCI 60641 SCHGrantsmanship and Peer Review
TSCI 60652 SCHHealth Services Research
TSCI 60661 SCHInstrument Development and Validation
TSCI 60671 SCHGenetics and Genetic Epidemiology
TSCI 60681 SCHCross Cultural Adaptation of Research Instruments
TSCI 61001 SCHPracticum in IACUC Procedures
TSCI 61011 SCHTopics in Translational Science
TSCI 61021 SCHPracticum in IRB Procedures
TSCI 61031 SCHSelected Topics in Advanced Research Ethics

Program Completion 

After completing all course requirements, the 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. 

Tuition and Fees

Resident: $3127* based on completion within 2 semesters of enrollment (Subject to change, consult Financial Aid)

Non-Resident: $8,731* based on completion within 2 semesters of enrollment (Subject to change, consult Financial Aid)


Michael Wargovich, Ph.D.
Director, Certificate in Cancer Prevention

Gail Tomlinson, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director, Certificate in Cancer Prevention

For more information contact:
Leticia De Los Santos

Academic Coordinator, Certificate in Cancer Prevention
Project Coordinator, CTRC Office of the Director
DELOSSANTOS@UTHSCSA.EDU
(210) 450-1437

Application Deadline:

Spring/October 1
Fall/April 1

Program Handbook:
Cancer Prevention Certification Program Handbook

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