From Data to Action: A Curriculum for Cancer Prevention and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Curriculum Overview

These materials were designed to:

  • increase capacity in cancer epidemiology and program management;
  • provide a basic understanding of cancer;
  • complement Field Epidemiology Training Program projects and mentorship; and
  • increase capacity for surveillance, prevention, management and control of cancer.

These materials were developed with an emphasis on the capacity development needs in low- and middle -income countries. They may also be appropriate for audiences in high income countries, including the U.S. public health workforce.

Curriculum Structure

The course can be delivered in classroom or self-guided settings using paper-based or online formats. Where possible, programs are encouraged to integrate country-specific examples into the course materials. Modules are paired with a case study and field exercise to reinforce important concepts:

  • Each module and case study pair will take about 8-10 hours to complete (40+ hours total for the course)
  • The modules are complementary, but can generally stand alone
  • Field exercises will be completed in the participants’ own time with guidance from a mentor
  • Materials assume familiarity with basic epidemiological concepts, such as measures of burden and risk

Curriculum Evaluation and Dissemination

Modules were pilot tested in a variety of countries and settings including Morocco, India, and Nigeria. Modules were evaluated by participants, course facilitators and the curriculum development team in order to ensure course objectives are met.

For more information on pilot testing of the curriculum content and results, please see: http://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JGO.18.00042

Curriculum Modules

The course consists of four modules that have a common thread of using cancer data to inform policy and improve cancer prevention and control programs:

  1. Principles of Cancer Epidemiology
  2. Principles of Comprehensive Cancer Control
  3. Principles of Cancer Registries and Surveillance
  4. Principles of Cancer Screening Programs

Contact

Claire Jennings, Project Manager, TEPHINET: cjennings [at] tephinet [dot] org
Mona Saraiya, CDC: yzs2 [at] cdc [dot] gov

Modules

1. Principles of Cancer Epidemiology
  • 1.1 - Main presentation - Participant Version
  • 1.2 - Main presentation - Facilitator Version
  • Case Study-Peru
    • 1.5, 1.6, 1.7 - Background reading
    • 1.4 - Participant version
    • 1.3 - Facilitator version
  • 1.8 - Appendix A: Common Epidemiological Calculations
  • Appendix B: Age Standardization Exercise
    • 1.10 - Participant version
    • 1.9 - Facilitator version
  • Appendix C: Cancer Control Exercise
    • 1.12 - Participant version
    • 1.11 - Facilitator Version
2. Principles of Comprehensive Cancer Control
  • 2.1 - Main presentation – Facilitator Version
  • 2.2 - Main presentation – Participant Version
  • 2.3 - Case-Study – Vietnam-Facilitator Version
  • 2.4 - Case-Study – Vietnam-Participant Version
  • 2.5 - WHO-Country Profile (Vietnam)
  • 2.6 - Tran Cancer Control (Vietnam)
  • 2.7 - National Cancer Control Plan (Vietnam)
3. Principles of Cancer Registries and Surveillance
  • 3.1 - Main presentation – Participant Version
  • 3.2 - Main presentation – Facilitator Version
  • In-class exercise on CODING
    • International Classification of Diseases for Oncology (ICD O-3) codes available online http://codes.iarc.fr/)
    • 3.3 - In-class exercise on coding-Participant version
    • 3.4 - In-class exercise on coding-Facilitator version
  • In class exercise on DATA QUALITY
    • 3.13 - Background material
    • 3.11 - In-class exercise on coding - Participant version
    • 3.12 - In-class exercise on coding - Facilitator version
  • Case Study: Uganda
    • 3.7, 3.8 - 2 Background articles
    • 3.5 - Participant version
    • 3.6 - Facilitator version
  • Case Study: Hospital vs. Population-based cancer registries
    • 3.9 - Participant version
    • 3.10 - Facilitator version
4. Principles of Cancer Screening Programs
  • 4.1 - Main presentation – Participant Version
  • 4.2 - Main presentation – Facilitator Version
  • In class excercise on Pattern Recognition
    • 4.3 - In-class exercise on pattern recognition - Participant version
    • 4.4 - In-class exercise on pattern recognition - Facilitator version
    • 4.5 - In-class exercise on pattern recognition - Facilitator version
  • Zimbabwe Case-Study
    • 4.8, 4.9, 4.10 - Background reading
    • 4.6 - Participant version
    • 4.7 - Facilitator version
  • Optional Excerise for Evaluating Screening Criteria
    • 4.11 - Participant version
    • 4.12 - Facilitator version

Download the Files for Each Module

Each module contains several files (in Word, PowerPoint, and PDF format). The files for each module have been zipped into folders and are available to download below.