The Cancer Prevention Track draws its faculty primarily from the Departments of Cancer Prevention and Control, and Health Behavior. All faculty members are well published and have an active role in education; many hold senior leadership positions at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Cancer prevention research is a mandated research area for all NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, and the Cancer Prevention research portfolio at Roswell Park is highly regarded for its depth and breadth. A wide range of cutting-edge research is ongoing, including: development and application of risk biomarkers, intervention trials for cancer risk reduction, cancer epidemiology and survivorship, cancer health disparities, tobacco regulatory science, and tobacco cessation.
Generally, students spend the first two years taking the required didactic courses, including research methods, statistics, and theoretical frameworks. After completion of the preliminary examination for admittance to the Ph.D. candidacy, the last 2-3 years are spent full time on the dissertation research. Students carry out original research towards a Ph.D. degree and receive training and mentoring from experienced and renowned research scientists.
Students are strongly encouraged to attend the many seminars and education programs that are offered on campus. Of particular importance to students in the Cancer Prevention Track are the Faculty Forum (lectures given by internationally acclaimed cancer researchers from around the country), and the Population Sciences Grand Rounds (advances in cancer prevention and population health research presented by Roswell Park staff and invited outside speakers). Students are also encouraged to attend relevant seminars held by other University at Buffalo units, including Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Community Health and Health Behavior, and the Research Institute on Addictions, in consultation with their mentor.
The application deadline for fall 2019 admission has passed. The next opportunity to apply for doctoral study at the Roswell Park will be for fall 2020, and the application deadline will be January 6, 2020.
Students who wish to apply after the January 6 deadline must contact the program director before submitting an application.