IMG_7728How to Enroll

Interested participants can:

  • Enroll in the individual course(s) most relevant to their planned research or field of study.
  • Complete an Area of Concentration curriculum in conjunction with a master’s degree through the Department of Public Health Sciences.
  • Attend any of ongoing lectures or seminar series.

There is no formal application process for participation in most CCTS courses, but trainees are encouraged to reach out to faculty instructors prior to enrolling in a course. Those who wish to take courses for academic credit must enroll through the University Registrar.

Questions? Contact Kelsey Bogue, CHeSS Assistant Director of Training Programs, at kbogue*

CCTS 47002
Advanced Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training Program 2

Instructor: Deborah Burnet, Doriane Miller
Time: Various
Location: Various
The goal of health-related research is to improve the lives of people in the community studied. In traditional research, the community is not actively involved in designing the projects. Community-based participatory research is a partnership approach to research that equitably involves community members, organizational representatives, and academic researchers in all aspects of the research process. The Advanced CBPR Training Program is designed to help meet the growing need and demand for educational resources that help build the knowledge and skills needed to develop and sustain effective CBPR partnerships. The Program consists of six sessions that are offered on various Fridays throughout the year.

Registrants who wish to receive 025 units of course credit must enroll through the University Registrar’s office for CCTS 47001 in the fall and CCTS 47002 in the winter. Participants must also register online here whether or not they choose to take the course for credit. 

CCTS 40200
Cancer Bio-2: Mol Mech Cancer Biology

Instructor: Donald Vander Griend
Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:30 am-12:20 pm
Location: BSLC 240
This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of how key cellular processes are deregulated in cancer and the molecular mechanisms underpinning these defects. The course covers cell cycle checkpoint control, cell death, tumor suppressor and oncogene function, DNA repair mechanisms, epigenetics of cancer, nuclear hormone receptor activity in cancer, tumor metabolism, hypoxia responses, angiogenesis and metastasis. In addition to material covered in formal lectures, discussion sessions cover tumor stem cells, “oncogene addiction,” inflammatory responses, cancer therapeutics, mouse models of human cancer and other topical subjects relevant to understanding tumor initiation and progression, as well as how current research may facilitate cancer treatment.

CCTS 40400
Health Disparities in Breast Cancer

Instructor:  Eileen Dolan, Suzanne Conzen
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:50 am
Location: TBD
Across the globe, breast cancer is the most common women’s cancer. In the last two decades, there have been significant advances in breast cancer detection and treatment that have resulted in improved survival rates. Yet, not all populations have benefited equally from these improvements, and there continues to be a disproportionate burden of breast cancer felt by different populations. In the U.S., for example, white women have the highest incidence of breast cancer but African-American women have the highest breast cancer mortality overall. The socioeconomic, environmental, biological, and cultural factors that collectively contribute to these disparities are being identified with a growing emphasis on health disparities research efforts.  In this 10-week discussion-based course students will meet twice weekly and cover major aspects of breast cancer disparities.

Undergrads need to be at least a junior or senior.

CCTS 40300
Introduction to Global Health
Instructor: Chrissy Babcock, Nana Fenny
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Location: TBD
This course provides an overview of global health from the historical perspective to the current state of global health. The course features weekly guest lecturers with a broad range of expertise in the field: topics include the social and economic determinants of health, the economics of global health, global burden of disease, and globalization of health risks, as well as the importance of ethics, human rights, and diplomacy in promoting a healthier world. The course is designed for graduate-level students and senior undergraduates with an interest in global health work in resource-limited settings.

Open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students.

CCTS 47006
Methods in Health and Biomedical Informatics II

Instructors: Samuel Volchenboum, David McClintock, and other Northwestern/UIC faculty
Time: Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 pm, From January 12 until March 9
Location: Varies between Northwestern downtown campus, UIC, and UC
Most Health and Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) Graduate Programs around the country have independently come to the conclusion that the computational methods that informatics graduate students need to be familiar with is too broad and numerous to be addressed by a series of independent courses. Therefore, most programs have created a set of integrated courses that expose the students to a wide variety of informatics methods in short modules. Typically, these required methods series are organized as a series of required courses taken during the first year of graduate study. This course is the result of discussions by Health and Biomedical Informatics researchers and educators from the Chicago Biomedical Informatics Training (CBIT) initiative. This course is designed as the second course of a year-long sequence and is worth 100 units. Registration for the full year is expected.

PQ: Basic understanding of Python programming language; prior or simultaneous enrollment in Health & Biomedical Informatics (HBMI) intro course.