Master Courses offer a unique opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge and skills. Each course is purpose-built by internationally-recognised cancer control professionals to meet specific needs for continuing education of those engaged in cancer control from various disciplines, and at different levels. They are offered free of charge to those who register for the World Cancer Congress.
These courses consist of 3-6 months of distance learning in cancer or non-cancer related organisational and technical topics, offering specialised information and skills, and culminating in one day, face-to-face workshops at the World Cancer Congress. All courses are led by international experts in the relevant fields.
Master Courses aim to provide an opportunity for participants to train and build international connections in order to create sustainable cancer control programmes in their home organisations. They were first introduced at the 2014 World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia, where over 400 delegates registered for one of the 11 Master Courses. At the 2016 World Cancer Congress in Paris, France, we will be offering 7 Master Courses on the following topics:
- Evidence-based tobacco cessation and relapse prevention for cancer systems
- System performance measurement and reporting
- Cancer control planning and implementation
- Dissemination and implementation research in cancer control
- Global scholars advocacy course: How to plan and execute a successful advocacy campaign
- European scholars advocacy course: Advocacy in action - Interacting with decision-makers to keep cancer high on the policy agenda
- Effective partnership management in addressing the challenges of cancer
Detailed information regarding course content and target audience for each course can be found here.
Master Courses successfully align with three key UICC strategies: convening, capacity building, and knowledge transfer. They are run in conjunction with the UICC's Capacity Building Programme.
A survey conducted among Master Course participants at the 2014 World Cancer Congress concluded the following:
- 2 in 3 participants have expanded their professional networks and will continue interaction
- 2 in 3 participants have developed new strategies to manage and solve cancer control challenges within their organisations
- 1 in 2 participants plan to develop new research initiatives and programs for their organisations
- 100% of participants would recommend UICC Master Courses to a colleague
For more information, please refer to the see the 2014 Master Courses Summary.
Participants’ highlights from the 2014 Master Courses:
- The speakers were very knowledgeable and this came across in their delivery of information, presentations, and enthusiasm for their work. Great to hear current research activity, challenges etc. Fantastic!
- I attended that Distress screening course and feel that I have really benefited from my participation. Excellent learning opportunity. Will be doing a research project in my workplace now and hope to present it one day. Thank you.
- The small group exercises on the day were super helpful in concreting the pre-reading and what the course leaders had been speaking about on the day. The representation from many regions of the world was great.
- For me this course was a great way to consolidate my existing learnings in this area. The course instructors did a great job of condensing the large amount of info into a user friendly best practice guide which I will follow when planning/developing future campaigns; particularly the focus group testing tools. Great enthusiasm, passion and knowledge from all presenters
- The facilitators and instructors and their willingness to address questions. They genuinely want to help. They prepared the course very well. The discussion of case studies was extremely practical and useful. I also appreciate that the facilitators are happy to keep connected with the participants and answer our questions into the future.