Cancer Prevention Control Research Training - Morocco

Welcome to Morocco's Cancer Prevention & Control Research Training Program (CPCRT). Non-communicable diseases including cancer are responsible for 60% of global mortality. The Middle East and North Africa's region cancer burden is projected to increase by 100-180% in the next decade or so, the largest increase in the world. Morocco's cancer burden is estimated at 30,000 cases/year. Effective strategies for cancer prevention and control do exist. These however, require a well-trained public health workforce that can utilize evidence-based approaches and tools such as molecular epidemiology, behavioral sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics, cancer epidemiology, environmental sciences, clinical trials, and monitoring and evaluation- to inform policy decisions.

About the Program

CPCRT is a 5-year (2010-2015) public health research-training program funded by Fogarty International at the United States National Institutes of Health. It is a partnership between the University of Rabat Medical and Pharmacy School in Morocco, the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Florida (MCC), and CoEmpower in Bethesda, Maryland. CPCRT is focused on training Moroccan mid-career professionals and seeks to support existing public health research infrastructures in cancer prevention & control, by providing didactic training and mentored-opportunities.

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CPCRT Available Training

    CPCRT will make available several types of training:

    • In-country intensive short courses in select areas (e.g. grant writing, ethics)
    • Online epidemiology certificate with cancer and clinical trials training from USF
    • An MSPH in epidemiology, biostatistics, behavioral health or environmental health from USF
    • Technical transfer opportunities in the form of
      • a) Train-the-trainers or
      • b) Short-term "visiting scholar" opportunities at the Moffitt Cancer Institute in Florida


Eligibility Requirements

The cancer research training program seeks to advance cancer research training in Morocco. Eligible candidates must posess an MD or PhD from the Schools of Medicine & Pharmacy, Schools of Science or Schools of Science & Technology with a minimum of 4 years of professional experience. They must also be active in research and preference will be given to those who are active in cancer research or have experience in cancer research. MSPH Candidates must apply to the cancer certificate program first. All applicants must also meet USF criteria which include:

  • 3.0 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA, equivalent to 80/100
  • Quantitative skills as demonstrated by previous courses in algebra, etc
  • English Proficiency, A minimum score of 550 on paper-based test or 79 on the web-based Toefl test