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Tobacco Prevention and Control

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Frances Stillman

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


Introduces tobacco control strategies, policies, and practices to provide an understanding of what is being done to address this public health problem. Provides a historical context in which to understand the consequences of smoking and tobacco use. Provides a framework to understand how tobacco control has evolved and includes practical approaches for tobacco prevention, control, cessation, advocacy, surveillance, and evaluation being implemented in the U.S. and in other countries. Discusses the transnational tobacco companies and their role in undermining actions to control tobacco use. Examines international tobacco control issues and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) using lectures, case studies, and discussion.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the concepts and principles of tobacco control along with the components of a comprehensive tobacco control approach and how they have been applied at the local, state, national and international levels
  2. Describe the scope of the tobacco epidemic and the social-ecological model's approach for dealing with this epidemic
  3. Identify the interference employed by transnational tobacco companies to undermine tobacco control and public health
  4. Discuss different types of tobacco products as well as how tobacco is used by different populations
  5. Compare states and countries on their implementation of tobacco policy approaches
  6. Describe the historical context for tobacco control upon which current evidence-based policies and practices are built
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 10% LiveTalks
  • 80% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

OPAL students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required