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Medical Sciences Baccalaureate Program

Introduction to Cancer Biology

MEDS 3080  |  3 credit hours

Spring Semester  |  Syllabus  

TR 10:00 – 11:20 AM

Carolyn Price, PhD  |  |  513-558-0450

Introduction to Cancer Biology is designed to give the students a broad understanding of cancer biology while specifically preparing the students to take the advanced course, Cancer Biology and Therapeutics, should if they so desire. The course builds on required courses in the medical sciences undergraduate curriculum. (The course is open to undergraduate students in other programs by request—please contact the Course Director for permission.)

For students who wish to gain a more in-depth understanding of the topic, the introductory course would provide an on-ramp to the more advanced course currently offered by the Cancer Biology Department. The students may take Introduction to Cancer Biology in the spring of their junior year, Immunology in the fall of their senior year, and Cancer Biology and Therapeutics in spring of their senior year.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer development
  • Identify cellular changes that occur in cancer
  • Describe how these changes lead to tumor progression and metastasis
  • Identify the five most frequent cancers and describe the approaches to their treatment


To enroll in this course you must:

  • Be enrolled in the MEDS program (or contact the Course Director for permission to enroll)
  • Have class standing of junior or senior
  • Have earned a minimum grade of C– in MEDS3021 Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics


51aj8RszmfL._SX372_BO1,204,203,200_Weinberg, Robert A (2013) The Biology of Cancer, 2e,
Garland Science, Taylor & Francis Group, New York


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