Oncology

Graduate Diploma in Oncology

Course Requirements | How to Apply | Application Deadlines

 

Course Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Oncology provides students the opportunity to gain exposure to the principles and practice of oncology as well as its research domains while exploring in more detail one of four areas of focus: population and global cancer control; psychosocial oncology/palliative care; clinical cancer research; or cancer care services and quality.

1) Required courses (12 credits)

  • ONCO 610 D1/D2 Fundamentals of Oncology and Cancer Research (6 credits) Fall and Winter
  • ONCO 620 Best Practices in Biomedical Research (3 credits) Winter
  • ONCO 630 Oncology Practicum (3 credits) Winter


2) Choice of one of the following research design or statistics courses (3 credits)
(Chosen in consultation with the student’s mentor)

  • EPIB 507 Biostats for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • EPIB 521 Regression Analysis for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • EXMD 634 Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits)
  • FMED 505 Basic Analysis for Health Data (3 credits) OR another 3-credit research design or statistics course at the 500 level


3) Choice of one of the following course groupings (6 credits) which will define the area of focus for the Oncology Practicum. The area of focus will have already been determined during the application process.

Area of Focus: Population and Global Cancer Control

  • EPIB 671 Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (3 credits)
  • PPHS 612 Principles of Public Health Practice (3 credits)

OR
Area of Focus: Psychosocial Oncology/Palliative Care

  • NUR2 783 Psychosocial Oncology Research (3 credits)
  • ONCO 635 Qualitative and Psychosocial Health Research (3 credits) Fall

OR

Area of Focus: Clinical Cancer Research

  • EXMD 617 Workshop in Clinical Trials 1 (1 credit)
  • EXMD 618 Workshop in Clinical Trials 2 (1 credit)
  • EXMD 619 Workshop in Clinical Trials 3 (1 credit)
  • ONCO 615 Principles and Practice of Clinical Trials (3 credits) Fall

OR
Area of Focus: Cancer Care Services and Quality

  • ONCO 625 Quality Improvement Principles and Methods (3 credits) Fall
  • PPHS 528 Economic Evaluation of Health Programs (3 credits)


4) Choice of 3 credits from the list below.
(Chosen in consultation with the student’s mentor)

  • EPIB 671 Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (3 credits)
  • EXMD 614 Environmental Carcinogenesis (3 credits)
  • EXMD 620 Clinical Trials and Research 1 (1 credit)
  • EXMD 625 Clinical Trials and Research 2 (1 credit)
  • EXMD 626 Clinical Trials and Research 3 (1 credit)
  • EXMD 640 Experimental Medicine Topic 1 (3 credits)
  • EXSU 505 Trends in Precision Oncology (3 credits)
  • FMED 619 Program Management in Global Health & Primary Health Care (3 credits)
  • HGEN 690 Inherited Cancer Syndromes (3 credits)
  • NUR2 705 Palliative Care (3 credits)
  • ONCO 615 Principles and Practice of Clinical Trials (3 credits)
  • ONCO 625 Quality Improvement Principles and Methods (3 credits)
  • POTH 637 Cancer Rehabilitation (3 credits)
  • PPHS 528 Economic Evaluation of Health Programs (3 credits)
  • PSYC 507 Emotions, Stress and Illness (3 credits)
  • SWRK 668 Living with Illness, Loss and Bereavement (3 credits)


5) Elective courses (6 credits)
(Chosen in consultation with the student’s mentor)

  • 6 credits at the 500 level or higher can be chosen from the course list above or can be other courses. The courses do not necessarily have to include cancer-related content but must have relevance to the field.
     

How to Apply

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are expected to have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in fields related to biomedical science (examples include but are not limited to anatomy, biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physiology) healthcare administration/management, kinesiology, medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, public health and social work with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3/4.0 on the McGill scale.

It is highly recommended that applicants will have taken at least one course in cell and molecular biology or equivalent, and one statistics course.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

The Graduate Diploma in Oncology program follows the application procedures outlined on the McGill website.

The application package includes the following:

  1. University transcripts (refer to https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply for more information).
  2. Most recent curriculum vitae.
  3. A 500-1000 word personal statement describing the applicant's educational background, professional background (if applicable) and reasons for wishing to take the program. The applicant will also indicate which of the four 6-credit course groupings (area of focus) they would prefer and why, as well as a second choice. The personal statement should clearly indicate the relevance of the applicant’s educational/professional background to their choice(s) of course groupings (area of focus) and how this program ties in with their career goals.
  4. Two letters of reference from professional or educational acquaintances of the candidate.

English language proficiency must be demonstrated as per the university guidelines: https://www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/international/apply/proficiency

All applications will be reviewed by the Program Committee. The Program Committee may choose to interview those applicants who make the short list.
 

Application Deadlines

International Applicants: April 20
Canadian Applicants: June 15

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