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

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.

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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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Teegarden, D., Lee, JY., Adedokun, O. et al. Cancer Prevention Interdisciplinary Education Program at Purdue University: Overview and Preliminary Results. J Canc Educ 26, 626–632 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-011-0232-0

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Keywords

  • Cancer prevention
  • Curriculum
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate