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.
- 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.
Format of Instruction
The course will consist of 12 three-hour sessions, which include one three-hour introductory session, 9 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 two sessions for a student policy debate.