Preparing future cancer prevention researchers: Overview and preliminary evaluation of interdisciplinary cancer prevention
Journal of Cancer Education, 26, 626-632. doi: 10.1007/s13187-011-0232-0 , November 2011
Ji-Yeon Lee, Ph.D.
Dept of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy
Teegarden, D., Lee, J-Y., Adedokun, L., Childress, Amy., Parker, L., Jensen, J., Adams, R., & Burgess, W.
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 signifi- cant 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.