One of the unique features of the CPFP is the opportunity to receive formal, academic training in public health. By pursuing an MPH or equivalent degree, fellows learn about the current role and historical context, of cancer prevention in public health. The MPH provides individuals with a strong foundation in the quantitative sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics. Fellows who already possess an MPH degree, a DrPH degree, or a PhD degree in biostatistics or epidemiology typically come directly to the NCI to begin their research.
Once accepted into the CPFP, each fellow is responsible for arranging admission to a university offering an MPH program that can be completed in 12 months or less. The NCI will pay the tuition, mandatory fees, book allowance, and fellow's stipend during this year. It is expected that all MPH requirements will be completed by the start of the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention.
It is the fellow's responsibility to check with the university about admission, prerequisite course, and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirements, as well as to ensure that the MPH can be completed within the one-year time frame. Typically, universities require mathematics, biology, and chemistry courses at the undergraduate level; a current (usually within 5 years) GRE score; and completion of the TOEFL (for foreign education) before acceptance into an MPH program. The MCAT is the equivalent GRE requirement for physicians.
To obtain information about the GRE:
- Visit the website: http://ets.org/gre
- Call: (609) 771-7670
- Write to:
The Graduate Record Examination
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Listed below are examples of one-year accredited MPH programs:
For additional and updated information on MPH programs, refer to the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health website https://www.aspph.org/.
- Columbia University
- Dartmouth College
- Harvard University
- Johns Hopkins University
- Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- University of Buffalo
- University of California - Berkeley
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- University of Miami
- University of Minnesota
- University of Pittsburgh
- University of Virgina
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Yale University
Master in Clinical Investigation
Fellows pursuing clinical cancer prevention research or participating in the NCI-FDA joint training in cancer prevention may elect to obtain a master's degree in clinical investigation (MS) or public health (MPH).
Once accepted into the CPFP, each fellow is responsible for arranging admission to an accredited university offering a master's program that can be completed in 12 months or less. The NCI will pay the tuition, fees, book allowance, and fellow's stipend during this year. It is expected that all master's degree requirements will be completed by the start of the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention.
Below are some of the accredited institutions currently offering a one-year master’s program in clinical investigation and degrees offered. Individuals wishing to attend an institution not listed below should contact the CPFP staff prior to application to the master's degree program. It is the responsibility of each fellow to ensure that the master's degree training can be completed within the one-year time frame.
- Columbia University School of Public Health
MS in Biostatistics: Clinical Research Methods Track
- Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
MS in Healthcare Research
- Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MPH in Clinical Effectiveness
- The Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health
MHS in Clinical Investigation
- University of Virginia
MS in Clinical Research