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Overview of the Program

The Biobehavioral Cancer Prevention & Control Training Program is for health professionals, researchers, health promotion specialists, and policy analysts who wish to apply social and behavioral sciences theory and methods toward the prevention and control of cancer. Doctoral and post-doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a post-baccalaureate degree and have substantial health-related experience for consideration into the program.

The training consists of a combination of didactic coursework and hands-on practical experience in interdisciplinary research through participation in new and existing research projects on cancer prevention (tobacco and tobacco related cancers, nutrition, genetics, chemoprevention, cancer communications and physical activity) and on health services research and policy (outcomes of prevention and care including quality of life and cost-effectiveness).

A Steering Committee recruits, selects, and evaluates trainees based on measurable outcomes for each candidate and the training program as a whole. All selected trainees are assigned a mentor and mentoring committee. If the mentor selected is not in the home department of the trainee, the mentor committee will contain a member from the home department. This facilitates coordination of the departmental components with the training program components. All trainees will prepare learning contracts annually for review by the mentoring committee and the Program Director.

To be considered for funding on this grant, individuals must submit an application for either a pre-doctoral or post-doctoral position. Pre-doctoral fellowships are available to students already enrolled in one of the participating PhD programs offered at the University of Washington. Prospective students seeking admission to one of the participating PhD programs at the University of Washington are not eligible to apply for funding on this grant. Post-doctoral candidates are considered from a variety of disciplines and must hold a PhD at the time they begin their appointment.

Individuals who have their own sources of salary support can become affiliate fellows with the training grant. Being an affiliate fellow entitles you to participate in all activities of the training program, including courses, seminars, mentoring, etc, but does not include a salary or budget.

Please direct all inquiries and applications to:

Program Coordinator