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 slow and ultimately end the global burden of tobacco-related death and disease, public health professionals, tobacco control professionals and research scientists need to be equipped with the technical skills necessary to advance global tobacco control efforts.
To strengthen technical capacity and leadership for tobacco control, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has developed two programs. The Certificate in Global Tobacco Control program aims to increase tobacco control research capacity by providing formal academic training to research scientists and tobacco control professionals. The Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program, on the other hand, aims to equip participants with the skills necessary to take a leadership role in the global tobacco control movement. To date, the Bloomberg School has trained almost 700 participants representing government, nonprofit and academic organizations from more than 34 countries around the world.