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Global Tobacco Control


Educational Objectives
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, tobacco control professionals, and research scientist 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, tobacco control professionals and graduate and post-graduate students to equip them with the technical skills necessary to play key roles in tobacco control efforts.


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 tobacco control 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

Bloomberg School of Public Health masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students are not required to submit a formal application through the Admissions Office.  They are, however, encouraged to contact a certificate faculty sponsor by email to receive advice on selecting electives.

All others (non-Bloomberg masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students and non-degree students) apply to the program using the school's online application. Applications are accepted through the year.  The certificate application includes official transcripts from all post-secondary schools, a CV or resume, a statement of purpose vis-à-vis the certificate and one letter of recommendation.  Transcripts from non-US institutions must be approved by a credentialing agency. The application does not require scores from the GRE, TOEF: or ILETS.  Degree students must include a brief written statement from their academic advisor giving approval to take the certificate courses.  The certificate program will review the applications and notify each applicant of its admission decision.  Only those approved by the certificate admissions committee may earn the certificate. 

Course of Study

The certificate requires a minimum of 18 credits.  Students must complete  three required courses and at least six term credits of elective courses.  The certificate courses are listed in the table below.

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

The free non-credit Introduction to Online Learning course must be completed before enrolling in online courses.  It is offered five times each year.

Requirements for Successful Completion

A minimum of 18 credits is required for the certificate. Students must take the required courses for a letter grade and earn at least a B in each required course.  Electives may be taken for a grade or pass/fail.  Students must earn at least a C or pass in each elective.  They must attain a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the certificate courses.  All courses must be taken within a three-year period.

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 No.Course TitleNo. CreditsOnline TermCampus Term
Required Course
410.640Global Tobacco Control32,4-
One of the following Epidemiology courses:
340.601Principles of Epidemiology5-1, S, SI
340.662Epidemiology of Tobacco Control4-TBA
550.694 and
Fundamentals of Epidemiology I and II6 total1 and 2-
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
410.643Intro 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 Evaluation   
380.681Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries4-2
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341,W
410.650 Introduction to Persuasive Communications: Theories and Practice4-1,W
410.654Health Communication Programs I : Planning and Strategic Design4-3
  - and -   
410.655Health Communication Programs II: Implementation and Evaluation4-4
410.663Media Advocacy and Public Health???
410.668Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change3-4
410.721Translating Research into Public Health Programs I2-3
 - and -   
410.722Translating Research into Public Health Programs II2-4

  Requirements for Successful Completion

A minimum of 18 credits is required for certification. All certificate courses must be taken for academic credit and passed with a grade of "C" or better (except 380.681.01, which is pass/fail only). Requirements must be completed within a three-year period.

Sponsoring department
Health, Behavior and Society

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor
Joanna Cohen

Administrative Contact
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.

Note: Fewer than 10 students graduated from this program in the 2012-13 academic year. Therefore, in accordance with US Department of Education guidelines on student privacy, the on-time completion rate and median loan debt data are not published.  The restrictions imposed by the current US Department of Education online disclosure form limit the number of jobs related to this program that can be displayed in this disclosure: the job(s) listed here represent only a sample of the jobs related to the program.

  1. The certificate is offered to Johns Hopkins University graduate and post-doctoral students (including physicians completing residency or fellowship programs) who are interested in adolescent health.
  2. The certificate program length is flexible; it varies from student to student, however, the certificate must be completed within three years.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a certificate course during consecutive terms.  The number of certificate course credits taken may range from zero to 22 per term.  Degree students earn the certificate simultaneously with their degree program and determine the number of credits taken each term with advisor approval.  Full-time degree students are able to complete the certificate within one academic year.
  3. Tuition, application fee, and book costs are subject to change from one academic year to another academic year.
  4. Completion rates will be tracked beginning in academic year 2012-2013.
  5. The Council of Public Health Education which accredits schools of public health does not require schools to track job placement rates for certificate programs.