The goal of the Graduate Certificate in Integrative Oncology is to provide medical professionals with a comprehensive review of cancer, the biological basis of cancer and the diagnosis and treatment of oncologic diseases. The Certificate consists of four courses that focus on topics that explore the predecessors and risk factors of cancer, including medications, environmental toxins, inflammation and even emotions and discuss methods for creating an anticancer environment together with the positive roles of certain foods and nutrients and the current status of vaccines, screening tests and the epidemiology of known causes of cancer. Additional topics that include a review of normal cell biology that is paired with an overview of apoptosis, cell differentiation, cell cycle deregulation, gene mutations and DNA repair mechanisms. A definition of cancer is presented, including its genetic basis and new strategies for underlying mechanisms. Other topics include carcinogenesis, angiogenesis, signal transduction mechanisms and methods for detection.
Current concepts in immunology are also described, including available immunological tests, immunosuppression and cancer, the multifactorial basis of immunodeficiency, immunoregulatory cells and immunomodulatory factors. The roles of various cells are discussed, as well as treatment-induced immunosuppression, immunotoxins, interferon therapy and how tumors avoid the immune response. Finally, the certificate focuses on treatments for specific cancers, including leukemia, breast and other female cancers, colorectal and other GI cancers, lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, melanoma and more. The course also introduces nanoparticle approaches to cancer, genetic tissue testing and the role of proteomics in cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.
Applicants must have a MD, DO, PhD, PhamD or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, or extensive evidence of direct clinical experience.
Application processTo learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:
- Medical license or evidence of extensive patient care experience.
12 credit hours.
GMS 6053 - Cancer Prevention (3)
GMS 6054 - Cancer Biology (3)
GMS 6055 - Cancer Immunization (3)
GMS 6056 - Targeted Cancer Therapies (3)
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.