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Oncology and Public Health

This course is cancelled

The course ‘Oncology and Public Health’ focuses on oncology from a public health perspective. Plenary lectures of this course will be provided by an expert in psychosocial oncology, and coordinator (since 2011) of the 2-months course ‘Oncology and Public Health’ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In this 3-weeks version of that course, lectures will be provided that focus on medical aspects of cancer, public health issues related to cancer, psycho oncology, but also specific topics such as return to work after cancer and palliative care. Preventive strategies and the effectiveness of various interventions aiming to reduce long-term consequences of cancer diagnosis and treatment, and to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors will be discussed as well.

To highlight the issues that cancer survivors are facing, during primary cancer treatment, as well as after completion of treatment, during long-term survivorship, cancer survivors will share their experiences with the students (video or in person). Students will be asked to reflect upon these patients’ experiences. Finally, in work groups, the students will work on a short and concise literature review, answering an important research question on an Oncology and Public Health problem.

Exam info and full course description

Exam info and full course description can be found in the course catalogue.

Please notice that this course is passed by active participation, and you will not receive a specific grade. Only pass/fail will appear on your transcript.

Admission Requirements

Course specific:

To apply for the course you must have passed a relevant Bachelor's degree within health sciences (e.g. medicine, public health, dentistry, sport science).

Basic knowledge of health sciences, epidemiology, biomedical science public health, and/or psychology (comparable to 2nd - 3rd year Bachelor level).

Students who sign up will initially be screened on admission criteria by the coordinators of AU Summer University (i.e., relevant background, level of education). In case of doubts regarding the prerequisites, additional screening takes place by the course coordinator to check if students meet all requirements.


Exchange Students: nomination from your home university

Freemovers: documentation for English Language proficiency

You can read more about the admission here.


Saskia Duijts


Saskia Duijts is senior researcher in Psycho Oncology in the NL, Denmark and Australia.