Courses Details

PUBHLTH401: Exploring the public health spectrum of cancer: from prevention to survivorship

  • Undergraduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Mondul, Alison
  • Advisory Prerequisites: PUBHLTH200, first year writing requirement
  • Description: The course will review the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer in the US and globally, basic concepts of cancer biology and the causes of cancer. Major risk factors such as tobacco and obesity will be discussed. Students will be introduced to the concepts of prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship.
  • Course Goals: Be familiar with the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer in the US and globally, basic concepts of cancer biology and the causes of cancer. Be able to identify major risk factors for cancer such as tobacco and obesity. Be familiar with the concepts of prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship. Understand the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of cancer. Understand the role of the environment and social determinants of health in cancer.
  • Competencies: 1. Describe the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer in the US including racial/ethnic disparities. 2. Describe the socio-demographic magnitude of cancer globally; be able to compare and contrast cancer in developed vs. developing countries. 3. Describe the basic concepts of cancer biology. 4. Describe the causes of cancer. 5. Identify major risk factors for cancer such as tobacco and obesity. 6. Describe the role of the environment and social determinants in cancer. 7. Describe primary, secondary, and tertiary cancer prevention efforts. 8. Explain the role of screening in cancer prevention. 9. Describe the basic concepts of the current state of cancer treatment. 10. Describe how epidemiologic methods are applied in the study of cancer. 11. Describe the current state of epidemiologic research for several major cancer sites. 12. Discuss the psychosocial issues surrounding cancer survivorship.
  • Syllabus for PUBHLTH401