The Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention program at the Harvard School of Public Health was one of the first comprehensive academic programs in the world dedicated to the training of cancer epidemiologists, and it remains a leader in the field.
Our curriculum includes both courses on research methodology and courses of relevance to cancer epidemiology specifically. More information about the courses taught in the program can be found here.
Our faculty members conduct cutting edge research into the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that influence both cancer incidence and survival. Departmental research is conducted both in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., China, Sweden, Iceland) across a broad array of malignancies including breast, colorectal, lung, nasopharyngeal, and prostate cancers. Much of this work is multidisciplinary, conducted with colleagues in biostatistics, molecular pathology, cancer biology, and immunology.
Our data resources, most notably large prospective cohort and case-control studies, along with collaborations at other Harvard Medical Area institutions (e.g., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center) provide superb research opportunities for students.
Cumulatively, these resources and opportunities result in an exceptionally rich and vibrant academic environment for our students. Past graduates of our program serve as leaders in academia, government and industry throughout the world.