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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program U.S. National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute


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Program Description

Master of Public Health

One of the unique features of the CPFP is the opportunity to receive formal, academic training in public health. By pursuing an M.P.H. degree, fellows learn about the current role of cancer prevention in public health and understand cancer prevention in the historical context of public health. The M.P.H. provides individuals with a strong foundation in the quantitative sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics. Fellows who already possess an M.P.H. degree, a Dr.P.H. degree, or a Ph.D. 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 M.P.H. 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 M.P.H. requirements will be completed by the start of the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention.

Fellows pursuing an M.P.H. degree are required to remain in the CPFP for a period twice the length of time of the M.P.H. training or to reimburse the Government the cost of the training and expenses. For example, attending a 12-month M.P.H. program requires a 24-month payback.

It is the fellow's responsibility to check with the university about admission, courses, and GRE requirements, as well as to ensure that the M.P.H. 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 M.P.H. program. The MCAT is the equivalent GRE requirement for physicians. To obtain information about the GRE, call (609) 771-7670; write to the Graduate Record Examination, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000; or visit the website http://www.ets.org/gre/.

Listed below are examples of one-year accredited M.P.H. programs (as of February 2009) with their application due dates. Cancer Prevention Fellows have graduated from the universities marked **.

For additional and updated information on M.P.H. programs, refer to the Association of Schools of Public Health website http://www.asph.org.

  • Harvard University** (December 15)
  • Johns Hopkins University** (December 1)
  • Tulane University** (January 5)
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences** (January 15)
  • University of Kansas Medical Center (March 31)
  • University of Minnesota** (Priority December 15; Final April 15)
  • University of Southern Mississippi (April 15)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (December 15)
  • Yale School of Public Health (January 15)

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