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Certificate in Global Tobacco Control

OVERVIEW

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 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 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. 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

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.
 

ELIGIBILITY

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. 

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

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.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION

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. The certificate program length is flexible; it can be completed in as little as one year, and 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 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
550.860

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
TBAGlobal Tobacco Control31
TBAStrategic Communication Planning41
TBATobacco Regulatory Science42
TBATobacco Control Leadership22
TBAQuantitative Methods for Tobacco Control43
600.612Professional Development Workshop: Writing for Results23
TBAQualitative Methods for Tobacco Control34
TBAImplementation of Tobacco Control Policies and Programs34

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak to an admissions officer.
 

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM INFORMATION

At this time non-degree students enrolling in this certificate program are not eligible for federal financial aid. You may, however, pursue private education loans to assist you in meeting your program costs. Contact our Financial Aid Office with any questions. 

The certificate program in Global Tobacco Control is pending endorsement by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC). For more information, https://request.applied-learning.jhsph.edu/ Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.