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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Certificate Program Scholarship

IMPORTANT: Please read all information about the 2018-19 Certificate Program carefully as program format and IGTC Scholarship application requirements and obligations have changed compared to previous years. The SOPHAS Express application will be made available soon. If you have any questions, please contact Jeffrey Hardesty at

2017 Certificate Program participants 
Congrats to our 2017 Certificate Program graduates

As part of our effort to develop global tobacco control capacity, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has developed a certificate program in Global Tobacco Control. The 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 or interested in tobacco control are encouraged to apply.

The Global Tobacco Control Certificate Program is a rigorous, formal, academic program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Individuals enrolled in the Certificate Program should be prepared to complete academically rigorous, graduate-level coursework which includes two online courses each eight-week term for four academic terms (25 credits). Certificate program students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.75 for the certificate coursework.


Upon completion of the Certificate Program, students will receive an official certificate and transcript, which indicates academic credit from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Applicants from the US and Other High-income Countries

Applicants with citizenship or permanent residency status in the US and other high-income countries are eligible to apply for and receive a certificate but not to receive the IGTC Scholarship addressed in the following pages. Those interested in finding out more about how to complete the certificate should access the information on the School's website. Full course descriptions are also available here.

IGTC Scholarships

The Institute for Global Tobacco Control offers a limited number of IGTC Scholarships each year to international applicants with citizenship or permanent residence status in low- and middle-income countries (dual citizenship will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis). The IGTC Scholarship is highly competitive. Selected recipients will receive a scholarship that covers credential evaluation and tuition costs associated with the Certificate Program. Please note the IGTC Scholarship is separate from the OPAL Scholarship, which is awarded to accepted Certificate Program applicants regardless of citizenship or residency status.

All information about the application process, deadlines and how to apply are in the following pages.

Have additional questions? Please email Jeffrey Hardesty.