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.
The courses consist of 3 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 and delivered via UICC's eLearning platform, UICC eCampus.
Master courses aim to provide an opportunity for participants to train and expand their networks to create sustainable cancer control programmes in their home organisations and countries. They were launched in the run up to the 2014 World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia, where over 400 delegates registered and 250 were selected for one of 11 Master courses. In 2016, a further 248 cancer professionals participated in one of nine courses and the subsequent workshops at the World Cancer Congress in Paris, France.
Past courses have covered a wide range of technical and organisational topics such as evidence-based tobacco cessation, the use of social media for public education and advocacy, cancer control planning and implementation, best practices in publishing, sexuality issues in cancer care, effective partnership management, and more.
A survey conducted among Master course participants at the 2016 World Cancer Congress highlighted the following:
"The contents provided me with a lot of thought starters for projects and direction moving forward"
"This course on Global Advocacy was resourceful, well prepared, structured, focused and timely. The lecturers were inspiring. I was highly motivated to develop new ideas for advocacy and development of my community"
"I 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"
"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 future campaigns"