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Global Tobacco Control


Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the world, and it is projected to kill one billion people in the 21st century unless effective tobacco control measures are implemented. In order to slow and ultimately end the global burden of tobacco-caused death and disease public health professionals,  and research scientists need to be equipped with the technical skills necessary to advance global tobacco control efforts. The aim of this certificate program is to provide formal education to research scientists, public health professionals and graduate and post-graduate students to equip them with the technical skills necessary to play key roles in tobacco control efforts.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this certificate program, students will be able to:

 1. Review the history of tobacco use and the tobacco epidemic.

 2. Identify the types and sources of tobacco control evidence including surveillance data, epidemiological studies, intervention research, and program and policy evaluation.

 3. Describe the specific activities, strategies and methods that have been undertaken to reduce tobacco use in the US and countries around the world.

 4. Discuss, compare and critique current global tobacco control efforts and strategies.

 5. Apply epidemiological, quantitative, and qualitative research and evaluation methods to specific tobacco control topics.

 6. Discuss theories of change and how they apply to tobacco control at individual, organizational and societal levels.

 7. Recognize and describe communication approaches that are currently used to educate and inform individuals, communities and countries concerning tobacco control.

 8. Practice specific methods and approaches to improve leadership and management of tobacco control interventions.

 9. Discuss tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control interventions as well as apply specific techniques to use the on-line tobacco industry document libraries.


The Certificate Program in Global Tobacco Control is open to masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of The Johns Hopkins University.  It is also offered to research scientists and public health professionals (non-degree students) who want specialized skills and knowledge to work in the area of global tobacco control.  Non-degree students must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a strong record of successful academic performance.

Admissions Process

Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions.

The certificate program's review committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision. 

Requirements for Successful Completion

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 credits.  Students must take the required courses for a letter grade but electives may be taken for a grade or pass/fail.  Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the certificate course work.  The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student must submit a Notification of Completion to the certificate's administrative contact after completing all of the certificate requirements.  The student's transcript will not indicate that the certificate was earned until the Notification of Completion has been submitted, verified by the certificate program, and processed by the Registrar.

Course of Study

Students should check the course catalog to confirm when courses are offered.  The term and time may change from what is listed in the table below.  Students should also check for pre-requisites and whether instructor consent is required.

Course No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term

Introduction to Online Learning

All students are required to complete this free course before taking other online courses.





Acdemic and Research Ethics at JHSPH

All students are required to complete this free online course during their first term of study.




Required Course
410.640Global Tobacco Control32, 4-
One of the following Epidemiology courses:
340.601Principles of Epidemiology531, S, SI
410.644Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control4-1
At least 10 credits from the following courses:
410.641Implementation and Evaluation for Tobacco Control3-1
410.642Tobacco Control Leadership2-1
410.643Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Tobacco Control3-1
410.755Health Communications Programs43, 4-
313.685The Economics of Tobacco Control12-
Elective Courses: Students select from the following electives to reach a minimum of 18 total credits
313.790Economic Evaluation34-
380.681Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries4-2
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, WI
410.650 Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-2, WI
410.654Health Communication Programs I : Planning and Strategic Design4-3
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410.655Health Communication Programs II: Implementation and Evaluation4-4
410.663Media Advocacy and Public Health3-4
410.668Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change3-2
410.721Translating Research into Public Health Programs I2-3
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410.722Translating Research into Public Health Programs II2-4

Contact Information

Sponsoring Department
Health, Behavior and Society

Faculty Sponsor
Joanna Cohen

Administrative Contact
Name Yasmeen Long
Phone 410.502.8835

Gainful Employment Program Information

In accordance with US Department of Education regulations, the JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health is required to disclose graduation rate data, median loan debt data, and other select information for all Title IV eligible gainful employment programs. To see the most recent data available for this gainful employment program, please view the attached disclosure.