Master Courses

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UICC Master Courses offer a unique opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge and skills both in cancer control and non-cancer fields.


Each course is purpose-built by internationally-recognised cancer control professionals to meet specific needs for continuing education of those engaged in cancer control from various disciplines, and at different levels.

Master Courses are offered free of charge to those who register for the Congress. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.

  • 20 hours of distance learning over a period of three to six months (June to October 2016)
  • Distance learning will be facilitated via an online e-learning platform where participants will find required reading materials, presentations, webinars, assignments etc.
  • Culminating in a one day face-to-face workshop prior to the start of the World Cancer Congress in Paris, on 31 October 2016 (workshop attendance may be conditional on completion of an assessment proving successful acquisition of knowledge and skills provided through the distant learning component)
  • Participation is limited to 30-40 applicants per course to maximise interaction amongst participants and the course leaders
  • Upon successful completion of the Master Course, participants will receive a UICC certificate

The Master Courses are successfully aligned with the following UICC objectives : convening, capacity building, and knowledge transfer. They are run in conjunction with UICC's Capacity Building Programme.


A survey conducted among Master Course participants at the 2014 World Cancer Congress concluded the following:

  • 2 in 3 participants have expanded their professional networks and will continue interaction
  • 2 in 3 participants have developed new strategies to manage and solve cancer control challenges within their organisations
  • 1 in 2 participants plan to develop new research initiatives and programs for their organisations
  • 100% of participants would recommend UICC Master Courses to a colleague

For more information, please refer to the 2014 Master Courses Summary.

Testimonials  from 2014 WCC Master Courses:


UICC recognises and thanks the Master Course sponsors for their help in giving the opportunity to all delegates to expand their knowledge.

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Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) Logo
National Cancer Institute (NCI) - Unites States
Roche Logo
2016 Master Courses
Master course  Course title Course leaders Learning objectives and course leaders' biographies Organisers



Room 352 A

Evidence-based tobacco cessation and relapse prevention for cancer systems

Ms. Michelle Halligan, Program Manager, Prevention, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada

Ms. Deb Keen, Director, Prevention and Research, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada  

Download info about MC1

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)




Room 353

System performance measurement and reporting

Mr. Rami Rahal, Director, System Performance & Surveillance, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Canada

Download info about MC 2


Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)



Room 341

Cancer control planning and implementation

Dr. Brenda Kostelecky, United States

Download info about MC 3


National Cancer Institute (NCI)


International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP)



Room 342 B

Dissemination and implementation research in cancer control

Dr. Cynthia Vinson, United States

Dr. Sudha Sivaram, United States

Download info about MC 4

National Cancer Institute (NCI)



Room 352 B

Global scholars advocacy course

How to plan and execute a successful advocacy campaign

Joy Ginsburg, Director, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Cancer Society

Download info about MC 5


American Cancer Society (ACS)



Room 342 A

European Scholars Advocacy Course: Advocacy in action - Interacting with decision-makers to keep cancer high on the policy agenda

Dr Sakari Karjalainen, President of the Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) and Secretary General of the Cancer Society of Finland

Mrs Roisin Foster, Chief Executive of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland

Dr Wendy Yared, Director of ECL

Download info about MC 6


Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL)



Room 343

Effective partnership management in addressing the challenges of cancer

An introduction to cross-sector partnering, concepts and processes within the context of the fight against cancer

Ms. Ruth Findlay Brooks, Director of Research and Learning, The Partnering Initiative
Dr. Darian Stibbe, Executive Director, The Partnering Initiative 
Download info about MC 7 The Partnering Initiative



Room 351

SPARC Master Course (Exclusively for SPARC Grantees) Marina Teahon, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Download info about MC 8  Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)



Room 362/363

Soins palliatifs et prise en charge de la douleur en Afrique francophone et méditerranéenne (Palliative care and pain management in French-speaking and Mediterranean Africa [in French])

Dr Line Kleinebreil, Vice Présidente, Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale (UNFM)

Prof Julien Nizard, Chef du Centre Fédératif Douleur Soins de Support Ethique Clinique, Université de Nantes

Download info about MC 9

Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale



Université de Nantes

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility: All who register early to the World Cancer Congress are eligible to apply for a Master Course. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2016. Participants will be selected on a competitive basis. There is no additional cost for Master Course registration, participation, or materials for Congress registrants.

Application: If you sign up for a Master Course during registration, you will be asked to summarise your interest and how you plan to apply the knowledge gained through the course (150 words max). Please take the time to fill this information as course leaders will review and use it to select participants and decisions will be made based on the minimum and maximum number of participants that can be accommodated in each course.

Selection: All registrants will be notified regarding the status of their Master Course application (whether or not they are selected) by 17 June 2016. The distance learning component of Master Courses will commence as of 27 June.