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Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Tobacco Control


East Baltimore
1st term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 12:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Frances Stillman

Introduces students to applied research techniques used in tobacco control including direct observational studies, interviewing and focus groups, and analysis of tobacco industry documents. Guides students on the use of qualitative data collection techniques and provides examples of usage of these techniques. Introduces students to the use of the on-line databases and repositories of tobacco industry documents. Classroom sessions include lectures, discussions, and group work.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe common approaches to qualitative research in tobacco control
  2. Articulate the relative appropriateness of an applied research technique and data analysis approach per a particular research question
  3. Practice qualitative methods that are specific to tobacco control, such as tobacco industry document review
Methods of Assessment:

Active participation - 10%; Quiz - 10%; Written assignments and presentations – 30%; Final paper – 50%

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 5 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. The final course assignment will be due on October 22nd, 2017.