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Institute for Global Tobacco Control

Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program

This comprehensive two-week leadership program was focused on building leadership capacity to develop effective tobacco control policy interventions. The final leadership program was held in July 2016, and the institute has refocused on regional, in-country leadership programs.

The program course sessions focused on a range of tobacco topics, including policy development, advocacy, communications, intervention planning, implementation and evaluation, and management and leadership. Factors that distinguished the program from traditional tobacco control trainings were:

  • Active engagement among a wide variety of international participants who come from different settings and backgrounds
  • Delivery of the program through a diverse, experienced international faculty who aim to challenge and inspire the participants
  • Thematic emphasis on leadership across a range of tobacco control issues, irrespective of participants' positions in their organizations

Acceptance into the leadership program was by nomination only from one of the Bloomberg Initiative (BI) partner organizations (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, World Health Organization-Tobacco Free Initiative and Vital Strategies). The nomination period for the 2016 Leadership Program is now closed, and there will be no 2017 program. Regional programs will be announced through BI partner organizations.

The leadership program began in 2006, and grew from fewer than 20 participants from less than 10 countries to more than 100 participants from 25 countries in the 2015 program. IGTC has offered this training to more than 700 professionals from around the globe over the last 10 years, who continue to work in tobacco control in their countries.