180.650.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
Th 5:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Bruce Trock
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • 1. Understand the clinical characteristics of the most common and deadly cancers. 2. Understanding the decisions involved in diagnosis and treatment of specific cancers. 3. Be familiar with current controversies and research advances in cancer early detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. 4. Understand issues that influence access and quality of care. 5. Understand the role clinical trials play in cancer therapy.
  • Course Description

    Lectures by expert cancer surgeons and oncologists discussing the clinical characteristics, recent advances and research, and controversies in the diagnosis and treatment of major cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, colon/rectum, esophagus, melanoma, pancreas, head and neck, and liver, as well as aspects of prevention.  The focus is on how the cancer is managed from the clinical perspective.

  • Intended Audience

    SPH students interested in cancer.

  • Prerequisites

    Basic epidemiology and physiology useful, but not required

  • Methods of Assessment

    Student evaluation based on two exams.  Each student will also lead a "journal club"-style discussion of one journal article related to a cancer topic covered in the lecture.

  • Required Text(s)

    No textbook.  Course material is primarily lecture slides and notes, and current journal articles about the specific cancers covered in the lectures.

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Instructor Bio: Bruce Trock, PhD

    I'm an epidemiologist who studies prostate cancer.  My primary appointment is in the Dept. of Urology, and I also have joint appointments in the Depts. of Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, and Oncology.  I received my PhD in Epidemiology from JHSPH, and worked at the National Cancer Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center before returning to Johns Hopkins.

  • Instructor Research Interests

    Dr. Trock’s research focuses on prostate and breast cancers, with emphasis on the following areas: 


    1.  etiologic mechanisms (e.g. oxidative stress, inflammation, diet and environmental exposures)


    2.  prognostic biomarkers and predictors of clinical outcomes in prostate and breast cancer


    3.  biological mechanisms of aging and their role in cancer, biomarkers of age-related change in the prostate and impact of exposures on such biomarkers


    4.  chemoprevention and the use of surrogate endpoint biomarkers



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