Apply for a 6-months online Master Course

Rodin Thinker
27 October 2015

Don't miss out on a unique capacity building opportunity aimed at Congress delegates who wish to strengthen their knowledge and skills in a specific area.

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 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. They will be offered again to registrants of the 2016 World Cancer Congress in Paris, France.

Master Courses successfully align with three key UICC strategies: convening, capacity building, and knowledge transfer. They are run in conjunction with the UICC's Global Education and Training Initiative (GETI) Programme.

If your organisation is interested in running a workshop in conjunction with the 2016 World Cancer Congress in Paris, please contact Ms Marion Gilodi at



Master course  Course title Course leaders Learning objectives and course leaders' biographies Sponsors and organisers


Evidence-based tobacco cessation and relapse prevention for cancer systems

Dr Michelle Halligan, Program Manager, Prevention, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada

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2 System performance measurement and reporting

Dr. Heather Bryant, Vice President Cancer Control, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada

Dr. Philippe-Jean Bousquet, Responsable département Observation, Veille et Evaluation, Institut National du Cancer, France

Dr. Tallal Younis, Medical Oncologist, Associate Professor of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Canada

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Cancer control planning and Implementation

Dr. Brenda Kostelecky, United States

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Dissemination and implementation science research in cancer control

Dr. Cynthia Vinson, United States

Dr. Sudha Sivaram, United States

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Global scholars advocacy course

How to plan and execute a successful advocacy campaign

Seun Adebiyi, Program Manager, Global Cancer Control, American Cancer Society, United States

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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 2014 Master Courses Summary.

Eligibility and Application

Information regarding Master Courses at the 2016 World Cancer Congress will be published in late 2015.

Eligibility: All who register to the World Cancer Congress between 8-14 months before the beginning of the Congress are eligible to apply for a Master Course. There is no additional cost of Master Course registration, participation, or materials for Congress registrants.

Application: All applicants must submit a letter of intent and relevant work experience to the UICC. Applications will be reviewed by respective course leaders and decisions will be made based on the minimum and maximum participants that can be accommodated in each course.


Read some testimonials  from 2014 WCC Master Courses:

Success Story: UICC’s Master Course on Sexuality issues in cancer care
Effective capacity building through UICC Master Courses

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Last update: 
Friday 7 June 2019