Educating cancer prevention researchers in emerging biobehavioral models: Lessons learned

Virmarie Correa-Fernández, Marivel Davila, Samira A. Kamrudin, Dennis H. Li, Syed W. Noor, Abiodun O. Oluyomi, Shine Chang, Carrie Cameron*

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To increase the adoption of transdisciplinary research methods among future cancer prevention investigators, faculty members from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center developed a graduate-level course in biobehavioral methods in cancer prevention research. Two instructors paired by topic and area of expertise offered an hour-long lecture-based seminar every week for 15 weeks during the spring semester of 2010. Students and presenters both evaluated the overall course content and delivery method, as well as each session. A total of 11 students and 22 presenters participated in the course. In each class session, one presenter was from a behavioral science background,and the other was from a biological sciences background. Both presenters and students expressed overall satisfaction with the content and format of the course. The presentation of topics from a transdisciplinary perspective and interaction with presenters from both biological and behavioral sciences are valuable and can help junior researchers prepare to meet the emerging challenges in cancer prevention research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-640
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011


  • Addiction
  • Biobehavioral
  • Cancer
  • Cancer education
  • Transdisciplinary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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