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Certificate in Global Tobacco Control


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health offers fully online, part-time master's degree and certificate programs, designed for working professionals. Our Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL) focus on emergent industry sectors that have a resounding need for highly skilled professionals, with one of these sectors being 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 reduce and ultimately end the global burden of tobacco-caused death and disease, researchers and public health professionals need to be equipped with the necessary technical skills to support effective policy development and implementation. The overall aim of the fully online certificate program in Global Tobacco Control is to provide formal education to research scientists and public health professionals that equips them with the technical skills necessary to develop and effectively communicate the evidence that is required to support effective tobacco control policy development and implementation. 

This fully online certificate program is offered in collaboration with the Institute for Global Tobacco Control. Please refer to their website for additional program information, including scholarship eligibility, application requirements and instructions, and deadlines. 


Upon completion of the certificate program in Global Tobacco Control, the individual will acquire skills necessary to:

  1. Describe 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 studies;
  3. Describe the specific activities, strategies and methods that have been undertaken to reduce tobacco use in countries around the world;
  4. Discuss, compare and critique current global tobacco control efforts and strategies;
  5. Articulate epidemiological, quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods using specific tobacco control examples;
  6. Describe applied qualitative research techniques used in tobacco control, including direct observational studies, interviewing and focus groups, and analysis of tobacco industry documents;
  7. Discuss theories of change and how they apply to tobacco control at individual, organizational and societal levels;
  8. Recognize and describe communication approaches that are effective in educating, informing and persuading individuals, communities and policy decision makers concerning tobacco control;
  9. Apply specific methods and approaches to improve leadership and management of tobacco control interventions;
  10. Discuss tobacco industry strategies that undermine tobacco control interventions;
  11. Describe tobacco product regulation in the context of the U.S. and abroad;
  12. Apply writing skills to communicate confidently and effectively in a variety of professional formats.


The certificate program aims 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. Tobacco control professionals, epidemiologists, behavioral scientists, government officials, and others involved in tobacco control are encouraged to apply. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis and can be completed by taking all courses. 

Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other schools at the Johns Hopkins University and those who have received financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer are not eligible for this certificate program. The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, a demonstrated proficiency in English, and a verifiable professional involvement or interest in the field of tobacco control. 


Applicants should review the How to Apply page for information about eligibility and special instructions for applying in SOPHAS Express. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.


The certificate program requires a minimum of 25 term credits and successful completion of all courses for a letter grade, as well as a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. 

Students who are awarded full funding from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control are still considered part-time but they are required to enroll in at least six credits each term. For a student to be successful, it is important that they are able to spend at least four hours a week, per credit hour on course work. Even though the program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis, a student can expect to devote at least 24 hours every week to course work in each term. For students who are fully funded by the IGTC, the certificate program must be completed within 1 year of matriculation. For students who are self-funded, the program length is more flexible; it can be completed in as little as one year, and must be completed within three years. 

Students should review the section of the website that addresses completion before completing certificate program requirements. A 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. 


Students should check the course catalog to confirm when the courses are offered for students in OPAL programs. Courses are only offered during specific terms each year. Students should also check for prerequisites and whether instructor consent is required. 

Course No.

Course Title

No. Credits

Online Term


Introduction to Online Learning

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

01,2,3,4, Summer

Academic & Research Ethics at JHSPH

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

01,2,3,4, Summer
605.621Tobacco Prevention and Control31
605.651Strategic Communication Planning41
605.671Tobacco Regulatory Science42
605.701Leadership in Tobacco Control22
605.735Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control43
600.612Professional Development Workshop: Writing for Results23
605.745Qualitative Methods for Tobacco Control34
605.751Implementation: Making Change Happen34



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