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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

JHSPH Credit Courses in Tobacco Control

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is one of the first schools of public health in the U.S. to offer courses dedicated entirely to tobacco control.

A certificate in Global Tobacco Control is open to masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral students currently enrolled in any division of 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. 

The school’s offerings in tobacco control include the following credit courses:

Global Tobacco Control (3 credits)

This online course provides an introduction to global tobacco control. It presents the health and economic burden of tobacco use worldwide and highlights practical approaches to tobacco prevention, control, surveillance and evaluation. The course uses lectures, case studies and discussion to examine transnational tobacco control issues, including the following: the determinants of tobacco addiction, the economics of global tobacco control, tobacco industry strategies, legal foundations for regulation, basic surveillance and evaluation methods, and the interpretation and packaging of epidemiologic evidence for policy makers.

Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control (4 credits)

This course teaches students about the quantitative methods that are most often used in tobacco control and tobacco-related research. Topics covered include methods to study the determinants of tobacco use and cessation patterns, surveillance of tobacco-related indicators, estimating burden of disease and evaluating the impact of tobacco control interventions. Students have the opportunity to apply these new skills in interpreting and presenting quantitative data.

Implementation and Evaluation for Tobacco Control (3 credits)

This course provides an in-depth study of global tobacco control methods. Through lectures, case studies, presentations and discussion, students examine the multidimensional aspects of tobacco use and tobacco control. The main focus is on methods to identify tobacco control priorities in a particular region or country, and to design, implement and evaluate effective tobacco control interventions based on the identified region or country needs.

Intro to Qualitative Methods for Tobacco Control (3 credits)

This course introduces students to applied research techniques used in tobacco control including direct observational studies, interviewing and focus groups, and analysis of tobacco industry documents. Students learn about qualitative data collection techniques and the use of the online databases and repositories of tobacco industry documents.

Health Communication Programs for Tobacco Control (3 credits)

This online course focuses on the step-by-step analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation and critique of communication programs designed to change behavior related to tobacco use cessation and prevention. By the end of the course students will be able to carry out a small-scale tobacco control communication campaign to promote a desirable health practice.

Tobacco Control Leadership (2 credits)

This course provides an understanding of the role of the tobacco control leader, and the essential knowledge and skills this role requires. It also provides a framework for understanding the process of working effectively with and leading others, and emphasizes the role of the leader in leading change and developing a vision for the future of tobacco control.