Online Cancer Course Available on iTunes U

DNA icon

Introduction to the Science of Cancer is a free, noncredit, online course being offered on iTunes U by The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) in conjunction with Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning.

The course is designed for anyone who has a limited knowledge of science but wants a better understanding of cancer.

Introduction to the Science of Cancer (ISOC) has five modules – What is Cancer?, Diagnosis of Cancer, Treatment of Cancer, Prevention of Cancer and Cancer Research – and each module has seven videos. Course content includes downloadable slides and readings and supplemental information.

“The OSUCCC – James offers this free course to encourage a greater commitment to cancer prevention globally,” says OSUCCC Director and James CEO Michael A. Caligiuri, MD. Caligiuri introduces each module and presents an overview of cancer research.

“We believe that a sound understanding of cancer by people everywhere will encourage a stronger commitment to cancer prevention by individuals, communities and nations, and will lead to better cancer care,” he says. “For that reason, the OSUCCC – James is making this course available.”

To view the course and course materials, visit Full access to the course and course materials requires an Apple ID and the iTunes U app, which are both free.

In addition, the OSUCCC – James is offering the course for use in schools and other venues through a password-protected website designed for teachers and other educators. For information, send an email to