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Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 626–632 | Cite as

Cancer Prevention Interdisciplinary Education Program at Purdue University: Overview and Preliminary Results

  • Dorothy TeegardenEmail author
  • Ji-Yeon Lee
  • Omolola Adedokun
  • Amy Childress
  • Loran Carleton Parker
  • Wilella Burgess
  • Julie Nagel
  • Deborah W. Knapp
  • Sophie Lelievre
  • Christopher R. Agnew
  • Cleveland Shields
  • James Leary
  • Robin Adams
  • Jakob D. Jensen
Article

Abstract

Cancer prevention is a broad field that crosses many disciplines; therefore, educational efforts to enhance cancer prevention research focused on interdisciplinary approaches to the field are greatly needed. In order to hasten progress in cancer prevention research, the Cancer Prevention Internship Program (CPIP) at Purdue University was designed to develop and test an interdisciplinary curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students. The hypothesis was that course curriculum specific to introducing interdisciplinary concepts in cancer prevention would increase student interest in and ability to pursue advanced educational opportunities (e.g., graduate school, medical school). Preliminary results from the evaluation of the first year which included ten undergraduate and five graduate students suggested that participation in CPIP is a positive professional development experience, leading to a significant increase in understanding of interdisciplinary research in cancer prevention. In its first year, the CPIP project has created a successful model for interdisciplinary education in cancer prevention research.

Keywords

Cancer prevention Curriculum Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Graduate 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute R25CA128770 (D. Teegarden) Cancer Prevention Internship Program administered by the Oncological Sciences Center and the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dorothy Teegarden
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ji-Yeon Lee
    • 2
  • Omolola Adedokun
    • 2
  • Amy Childress
    • 2
  • Loran Carleton Parker
    • 2
  • Wilella Burgess
    • 2
  • Julie Nagel
    • 3
  • Deborah W. Knapp
    • 4
  • Sophie Lelievre
    • 5
  • Christopher R. Agnew
    • 6
  • Cleveland Shields
    • 7
  • James Leary
    • 5
  • Robin Adams
    • 8
  • Jakob D. Jensen
    • 9
  1. 1.Department of Foods and NutritionPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Discovery Learning Research CenterPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.Oncological Sciences CenterPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  4. 4.Department of Veterinary Clinical SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  5. 5.Department of Basic Medical SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  6. 6.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  7. 7.Child Development and Family Studies DepartmentPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  8. 8.School of Engineering EducationPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  9. 9.Department of CommunicationPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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