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Global Tobacco ControlProgram is not accepting new applications at this time


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 reduce 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.


Program is not accepting new applications at this time. 

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. All required and elective courses must be taken for a letter grade; a minimum grade of C is required in all certificate coursework and students must maintain a 2.75 or better overall GPA for all certificate coursework. The certificate program length is flexible; however, the certificate must be completed within three years.

The student should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program 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.





Academic 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 Control34-
410.755Health Communication Programs43,4 
One of the following Epidemiology courses:
340.601Principles of Epidemiology5-S,SI
340.721Epidemiologic Inference in Public Health I531
410.644Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control4-1
Elective Courses: Students select from the following electives to reach a minimum of 18 total credits
380.681Strategic Leadership Principles and Tools for Health System Transformation in Developing Countries4-2
410.620Program Planning for Health Behavior Change341, WI
410.641Implementation and Evaluation for Tobacco Control3-1
410.642Tobacco Control Leadership2-1
410.643Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Tobacco Control3-1
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

Program Contact
Name Jeffrey Hardesty
Phone 410.614.5378

Faculty Sponsor
Name  Joanna Cohen


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.