Tobacco and Health: From Cells to Society | 2017
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. Topics will include epidemiology, nicotine addiction, genetic factors, health effects, treatment issues, prevention, and program and policy issues. Students will be exposed to experts in the field who bring real world experience in tobacco control in addition to academic expertise. This course is targeted to community health and health studies students in both professional and research degree programs, as well as students in the Collaborative Program in Addiction Studies. Qualified students from all disciplines are encouraged to register. Live web cast technologies allow students from universities across Canada to take this course in real time. Lectures are not archived.
Dr. Michael Chaiton
Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
155 College Street
Michael Chaiton is a Project Lead at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. He has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He has been active in tobacco control since 2000 when he started working for Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada and the International Non Governmental Coalition Against Tobacco. His main areas of research include unraveling the relationship between depression and smoking in adolescents and understanding the impact of widespread retail availability of tobacco.
Dr. Roberta Ferrence
Ontario Tobacco Research Unit
33 Russell Street
(416) 535-8501 ext 34482
Roberta Ferrence is a Senior Scientific Advisor with the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit and Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She has a Master’s degree in Medical Sociology and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include the epidemiology of tobacco use, tobacco policy, health effects of tobacco use, environmental exposures and economic factors in smoking behaviour.
Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
100 Collip Circle
(519) 858-5010 ext 22025
Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall is an Independent Scientist at CAMH, an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Western University. Dr. Elton-Marshall evaluates addiction and substance use-related policies and programs with the goal of providing the evidence needed to strengthen future policy and programming and thus reduce addiction and substance use problems. She is also interested in health disparities in mental health and addiction, psychosocial mediators of addiction, and health equity in policy and programs.