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Etiology, Prevention, and Control of Cancer

East Baltimore
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • M W F,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Avonne Connor

340.751-752 or 340.721-722 concurrently or previously, 340.601


Emphasizes the role of epidemiology in cancer prevention and control. Compares and contrasts the descriptive epidemiology, natural history, and pathologic and biologic characteristics of selected common cancers, as well as factors related to their etiology. Describes specific resources available for cancer studies. Discusses the influence of environmental and genetic factors and their interplay on the development of cancer together with the epidemiologic issues involved in their investigation. Provides overview of problems involved in cancer prevention and screening.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of common cancers in the United States
  2. Discuss the major risk factors for common cancers
  3. Identify effective strategies for cancer prevention and control at the population level
Methods of Assessment:

in-class activities 2 @ 5%, written assignments 2 @ 15%, group presentations 2 @ 15%, a final exam 25%, and participation in class discussions and activities 5%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

340.624 combines materials from 340.624 and 340.625 as well as 340.609. Students who have previously taken 340.625 or 340.609 should not take this course.