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Department of Public Health Sciences


BMTRY 734 : Cancer Epidemiology


This course will provide students with an overview of the occurrence of cancer in human populations and an overview of the major causes of cancer. In addition to the etiology of cancer, emphasis will be placed on cancer prevention, early detection, cancer survivorship, and cancer disparities. The student will achieve an understanding of the major causes of cancer in humans and strategies for reducing cancer incidence and mortality rates. The student will gain skills in assessing epidemiological evidence and become proficient in evaluating the merit of cancer prevention and control strategies.


  • What is cancer?
  • The occurrence and causes of cancer
  • Genetic basis of cancer
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Cancer screening
  • Cancer surveillance
  • Clinical aspects of cancer
  • Cancer disparities
  • Spatial epidemiology of cancer
  • Epidemiology of breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancer
  • Infections and cancer
  • Cancer prevention trials
  • Chemoprevention
  • Lifestyle behavioral interventions across the cancer prevention and control continuum
  • Research methods in cancer epidemiology
  • Cigarette smoking a major cause of cancer and tobacco prevention and control
  • Genetic epidemiology of cancer
  • Hormones and cancer
  • Translating science into policy


BMTRY 736 or consent of instructor.  Typically offered every other fall semester.


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