Master course: Comprehensive Cancer Centres - A cornerstone for improving cancer control systems

Monday, September 6, 2021 to Sunday, November 14, 2021

Comprehensive Cancer Centres - A cornerstone for improving cancer control systems


The organisation of cancer care, education and research into Comprehensive Centres (CCC) provides political, clinical, research and educational focus to improving delivery of care and achieving better outcomes for cancer patients. Cancer is a significant and growing problem for health systems and there is a need for creating guidance and global solidarity to build cancer units with truly comprehensive programmes.   

Cancer is recognised as one of the most complicated and complex diseases that exposes all the strengths and weaknesses of health systems, requiring a full spectrum of solutions. Addressing this complexity requires robust structural and organisational investments.   

This Master course will address the organisation of a Comprehensive Cancer Centre focusing on integration of high-quality patient centred care with education and research. Examples will be drawn from comprehensive cancer centres on four continents.

The course is led by experts from the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto (Canada), the AC Camargo Cancer Center in São Paulo (Brazil), the King Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman (Jordan) and the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai (India).

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Learning objectives

After completion of this course participants will be able to:  

  • Describe the components of comprehensive cancer centres and discuss the importance of integration of education and research with patient care
  • Describe the role of comprehensive cancer centres in improving cancer control and fostering innovation 
  • Explain how comprehensive cancer centres can extend access to quality cancer care to the community 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of continuous quality improvements in cancer centres    
  • Describe current challenges and opportunities for cancer centres in meeting their mandate
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Target audience

The course is designed for early career cancer professionals, cancer services planning professionals, cancer advocacy professionals, leaders of newly developed/developing cancer centres and other interested stakeholders.

Interested participants must apply by completing the application form accessible below.

Delivery method

This course is delivered on the UICC's eLearning platform, during the timeline September-December. Selected applicants will need to sign up to the platform in order to access the learning material.

The course is divided in three learning modules, breaking down the content into different areas. Each module is released at regular intervals during the course timeline. In order to access the next modules, participants must have completed all previous learning steps. A certificate of completion is available to all those who complete the course within the time period, including the evaluation survey.

Each learning module may include recorded presentations and lectures, podcasts, assessments (in the form of multiple-answer quizzes), assignments and/or discussion forum activities. Each module will  require an estimated time committment of around 2 to 3 hours to be completed.

This course is delivered in English.


Applications for this course are now closed.

Event Information

Virtual - Online course 1202 Geneva Switzerland
Last update: 
Wednesday 1 September 2021