The CCEP began in 1991 with funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Now under the leadership of Drs. Jo Anne Earp, Kurt Ribisl, and Michael O'Malley, the CCEP has renewed its NCI support through 2017. The Program is based in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
During its first 19 years, the Progam has sponsored 79 fellows pre- or postdoctoral fellows (49 predoctoral only, 26 postdoctoral only, 4 both pre- and post-). The 30 postdoctoral fellows have included eight physicians (two medical oncologists, a pediatric oncologist, a family practitioner, a pediatrician, two general internists, and one graduate) and one nurse (with a Ph.D. in epidemiology). The 21 with doctorates have included 17 new or recent doctorates and four experienced doctorates. The 53 predoctoral fellows have come primarily from five departments in the School of Public Health but also from the School of Nursing and the College of Arts and Sciences. The 79 pre- and postdoctoral fellows have included 63 women, 8 African-Americans, 5 Asian-Americans, and 3 Hispanics.
Fellows sponsored during the first 19 years are now in faculty and research positions at: Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dartmouth University, Duke University, East Carolina University, Emory University, Medical College of Virginia, Memorial Sloan Kettering, the National Cancer Institute, the Ohio State University, Pittsburgh University, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, University of Maryland, University of Massachusetts, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina, University of Utah, and Washington University St. Louis. In addition to faculty and research positions, predoctoral fellows have graduated to postdoctoral fellowships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the National Cancer Institute, Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Veterans Administration.