Welcome to the information site for OTRU’s online course, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice. This site includes course learning goals and objectives, what’s in the Cessation, Prevention, Protection, Evaluation and E-Cigarettes modules, frequently asked questions including technical requirements for the course, and information about the people responsible for creating the course.
Our new module on e-cigarettes complements existing modules. The module outlines what is currently known about vaping and vaping devices, with details describing product characteristics, regulation, health effects and secondhand exposure. Given the recent expansion of vaping products, this information is critical for public health professionals, policymakers and cessation practitioners.
Developed by leading tobacco control experts, Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice is a free award-winning online course offered by the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit. It is designed for busy public health professionals who want to be more effective in their tobacco control work. The course features evidence-based information on tobacco control science, policy, and practice.
Thousands of people have successfully completed the course since it was launched in 2006. The course continues to be cited by participants as a great way to gain a thorough understanding of the latest tobacco control issues as they apply to a broad range of communities.
Tobacco and Public Health: From Theory to Practice is comprised of five in-depth modules: Tobacco Cessation, Prevention, Protection, Evaluation; and E-Cigarettes which can be taken either independently or in combination. The modules take approximately 3-4 hours to complete (Evaluation 3-5 hours, E-Cigarettes 2 hours). You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each module successfully finished.
Topics covered include the biology and patterns of tobacco and e-cigarette use; examples of programs, policies, and treatment options; strategies for addressing industry opposition; future directions in prevention, protection and cessation; and how to evaluate tobacco control initiatives.