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Global Tobacco Control Certificate Program

SPONSORED BY: Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)

Online | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About This Program

Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in the world, and it is projected to kill one billion people in the 21st century unless effective tobacco control measures are implemented. In order to reduce and ultimately end the global burden of tobacco-caused death and disease, researchers and public health professionals need to be equipped with the necessary technical skills to support effective policy development and implementation. The overall aim of the fully online certificate program in Global Tobacco Control is to provide formal education to research scientists and public health professionals that equips them with the technical skills necessary to develop and effectively communicate the evidence that is required to support effective tobacco control policy development and implementation.

This fully online certificate program is offered in collaboration with the Institute for Global Tobacco Control. Please refer to their website for additional program information, including scholarship eligibility, application requirements and instructions, and deadlines.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the certificate program in Global Tobacco Control, the individual will acquire skills necessary to:

  1. Describe the history of tobacco use and the tobacco epidemic;
  2. Identify the types and sources of tobacco control evidence, including surveillance data, epidemiological studies, intervention-research, and program and policy evaluation studies;
  3. Describe the specific activities, strategies and methods that have been undertaken to reduce tobacco use in countries around the world;
  4. Discuss, compare and critique current global tobacco control efforts and strategies;
  5. Articulate epidemiological, quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods using specific tobacco control examples;
  6. Describe applied qualitative research techniques used in tobacco control, including direct observational studies, interviewing and focus groups, and analysis of tobacco industry documents;
  7. Discuss theories of change and how they apply to tobacco control at individual, organizational and societal levels;
  8. Recognize and describe communication approaches that are effective in educating, informing and persuading individuals, communities and policy decision makers concerning tobacco control;
  9. Apply specific methods and approaches to improve leadership and management of tobacco control interventions;
  10. Discuss tobacco industry strategies that undermine tobacco control interventions;
  11. Describe tobacco product regulation in the context of the U.S. and abroad;
  12. Apply writing skills to communicate confidently and effectively in a variety of professional formats.


Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

The certificate 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 in tobacco control are encouraged to apply. The program is intended to be taken on a part-time basis and can be completed by taking all courses.

Degree Students

Individuals who are currently matriculated in a degree program in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health or other schools at the Johns Hopkins University and those who have received financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer are not eligible for this certificate program.

    Non-Degree Students

    Individuals who have received financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer or the parent, subsidiary or affiliate of a tobacco product manufacturer are not eligible for this certificate program. The certificate program is open to individuals with at least a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university, a demonstrated proficiency in English, and a verifiable professional involvement or interest in the field of tobacco control.

    Applying to the certificate program as a non-degree applicant

    Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are required to apply to certificate programs using SOPHAS Express. The certificate program's admissions committee will review the applications and notify each applicant of their admissions decision.

    For more information about the certificate program, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.

    English Language Proficiency Test Results

    Results are not required, but a Skype or Zoom interview may be required.

    Prerequisites or special requirements

    • 4 short essays are required in place of the statement of purpose
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation - at least 2 letters must talk about your impact/role in to tobacco control field
    • Evidence of prior training in statistics or biostatistics
    • Never received financial support from any tobacco product manufacturer

    Application for Non-Degree Students


    Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

    Contact Us

    Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

    Please email  or call 844-379-1319.

    Certificate Program Adviser
    Joanna Cohen, PhD
    Professor, Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention and Program Director for Certificate in Global Tobacco Control

    For Program-wide Issues
    Elizabeth Topper Golub, PhD, MEd, MPH
    Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning (OPAL)