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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
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Registration is currently CLOSED.

If you would like to register for classes in 2018, please return in November 2017.

There is NO COST to register or attend either course.

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Apply to the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention

To be considered for the program, you must meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application, as described below. If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact us.


Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course

Final 2016 Principles Course syllabus
(PDF - 850 KB)

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. For the most recent course offerings, please see the Final 2016 Principles Course syllabus (PDF - 850 KB).

Principles Course dates: July 10 - August 4, 2017.

Molecular Prevention Course

Final 2016 Molecular Course syllabus
(PDF - 865 KB)

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. For the most recent course offerings, please see the Final 2016 Molecular Course syllabus (PDF - 865 KB).

Molecular Course dates: August 7 - August 11, 2017.

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 is currently CLOSED and will reopen in November 2017.


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 (CGH) 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.

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