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313.685.81 the Economics of Tobacco Control

Health Policy and Management
2nd term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Hugh Waters
Course Instructor :

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces students to the economic tools and analysis used to confront the public health challenges caused by smoking. Reviews the evidence of the health and economic consequences of tobacco use. Emphasizes the rationale for increases in taxes, financial incentives to discontinue tobacco cultivation, and regulatory measures such as bans on smoking in public places and restrictions on access for minors. Provides economic tools and background information for public health specialists, policymakers, the news media, and others interested in using evidence-based policy to prioritize and address public health concerns related to tobacco control.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Calculate the economic impacts of tobacco consumption
  2. Discuss the role that economic analysis plays in the tools and policies available to confront this public health challenge
Methods of Assessment:

Participating in the CoursePlus discussions and attending LiveTalk sessions (20%); Writing a short paper applying economic analysis to tobacco control measures in a specific setting. (80%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course was offered in 2009/10 as 313.841.51