Turning great ideas into healthier communities

Alan Houser, MS, MPH

Alan Houser, MS, MPH, is project director of C/NET Solutions, which makes hospital cancer registry software for collecting and reporting cancer data to incidence and other central cancer databases. Houser has worked in the cancer registration field for three decades, beginning in 1981 as database manager for the cancer registry at the University of California, San Francisco. He later worked at the California Cancer Registry, the San Francisco Oakland Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Registry, and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

Houser returned to the C/NET project in 1995 to build a website featuring art by breast cancer survivors and a search interface for finding clinical trials, with funding from the Department of the Army.  Houser then became involved in the registry software design again, developing new new interfaces and other features in the program. In 2005, he took the lead in negotiating a contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to revise their Edits Tools for registries at all levels, work that continues today.

Houser has also been involved in national data standards work, including participation in North American Association of Cantral Cancer Registry’s Edits Work Group, the Uniform Data Standards Committee, and the Collaborative Stage IT Committee.

Houser recieved his master's degrees in public health (epidemiology) and science (biochemistry) from the University of California, Berkeley.

CIMS Program Information Services Level of Effort Staffing Support

The goals of this project are to provide maintenance and user support to the 2020 Company by working with the programmers from the National Program of Cancer Registries.

Editwriter Work Bench Rewrite

C/NET Solutions will enhance the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s EDITS system to use current technology and to make improvements to the user interface. National organizations use this tool to create and deploy portable data validation edits for integration into state and hospital surveillance systems. All national cancer publications report data validated by the EDITS system.

NPCR Edits

Through this project PHI provides EDITS programming support to assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control develop a central cancer registry software system to support the National Program for Cancer Registries.


According to the WHO, cancer is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 mill...

View Details »

Curriculum Development

Building up the next generation of public health leaders requires an investment in public health education and experiential learning opportunities....

View Details »


The evaluation of public health programs and policies is essential to improving health outcomes. PHI offers a full suite of evaluation services&mda...

View Details »

Research - Surveillance

Understanding emerging and existing health threats begins with good data. Public health surveillance ensures that researchers, programs, and policy...

View Details »

Technology & mHealth

At the forefront of using technology to transform public health practice, the Public Health Institute builds the evidence base for applying digital...

View Details »