Journal of Cancer Education

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 443–449

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research: Impact and Outcome Over 12 Years

  • Rena J. Pasick
  • Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
  • Susan L. Stewart
  • Amy Pradhan
  • Sherry C. Kidd


The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) encourages underrepresented master's level students and professionals in the social, behavioral, and public health sciences to pursue doctoral training and careers in cancer disparities research. This paper reports new data on the program outcome after 12 years. A web-based survey was sent to all 462 program alumni. The questions addressed current academic status and plans, job status and plans, research focus, and influence of the MTPCCR. The survey response rate was 79 %. Overall, 30 % of alumni are enrolled in or have completed doctoral programs; 88 % of whom report involvement in research related to cancer. Scaled and open-ended responses indicate a strong influence of the program on doctoral program enrollment and cancer focus. The MTPCCR model is successful because it targets underrepresented minorities who are capable of doctoral studies but have not yet chosen that path.


Diversity training Cancer disparities 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rena J. Pasick
    • 1
  • Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
    • 2
  • Susan L. Stewart
    • 3
  • Amy Pradhan
    • 4
  • Sherry C. Kidd
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community Health ScienceUCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of BiostatisticsUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  4. 4.Global Health SciencesUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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