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410.644.67 Quantitative Methods for Tobacco Control

Health Behavior and Society
1st term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Fri 10/06/2017 - Fri 10/13/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:00 - 4:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Kevin Welding
Course Instructor :
  • Kevin Michael Welding

Introduces students to quantitative methods most often used in tobacco control and tobacco-related research. Includes topics such as common study design, methods to assess the burden of tobacco-related disease, and evaluation of prevention and cessation interventions. Provides students with the opportunity to apply these new skills in interpreting and presenting quantitative data.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify key indicators for surveillance of tobacco use behaviors and tobacco control interventions
  2. Describe quantitative approaches for studying the determinants of tobacco use behaviors and the impact of tobacco control interventions
  3. Interpret surveillance indicators and measures of association
  4. Identify the principles of a comprehensive literature review
  5. Design a quantitative research study proposal on a relevant tobacco control topic
  6. Describe the strengths and limitations of different quantitative methods for tobacco control
Methods of Assessment:

Active class participation - 5%; In-class quizzes - 20%; Assignment 1: Summary of work and course goals -5%; Assignment 2 - Create your own tobacco survey - 10%; Assignment 3: Research topic and literature review (max. 500 words) - 20%; Assignment 4: Research proposal (max. 1500 words) - 40%

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet for 6 days during the 2-week Institute. Students are expected to spend 8 hours on class work during the 2-week Institute in addition to regular homework. Students are required to complete readings and assignments prior to the 2-week Institute. There will be an in-class quiz on the first day of the course on topics from the online lectures. Students will be provided with a study guide for the quiz by the end of August. The final course assignment will be due on October 20th, 2017.