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Tobacco and Health: From Cells to Society

Course Number
5400 (Epidemiology)
Course Instructor(s)
Michael Chaiton

Course Description

  • This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of tobacco and tobacco-related issues from a public health perspective. The course focuses on patterns, determinants and health effects of tobacco use, the causes, impacts and interventions regarding nicotine addiction, and the prevention of tobacco use.
  • The course will consist of 12 three-hour sessions, which include one three-hour introductory session, ten three-hour sessions with two 40-minute lectures by researchers and experts on tobacco and health each followed by one half-hour of discussion, and one three-hour session for a student policy debate.

Course Objectives

  • To provide a comprehensive overview of research and public health issues relating to tobacco and health, from mechanisms of nicotine addiction to strategies for eliminating tobacco use.
  • To provide an understanding of real world program and policy issues relating to tobacco prevention, protection and cessation.
  • To provide an opportunity for students to practice critical thinking and public health practice skills in the substantive area of tobacco and health.

General Requirements

  • None