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 and Evaluation modules, frequently asked questions including technical requirements for the course, and information about the people responsible for creating the course.
Our new module on vaping will complement existing modules. The module will outline what is currently known about vaping and vaping devices, with details describing product characteristics, health effects, exposure, and social/physical impacts. Given the recent expansion of vaping products, this information is critical for public health professionals, policymakers and cessation.
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 four in-depth modules: Cessation, Prevention, Protection and Evaluation that can be taken either independently or in combination. Each module takes approximately two to three hours to complete and can be accessed online 24/7 for flexible learning. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for each module successfully finished.
Topics covered include the biology and patterns of tobacco use; examples of programs, policies, and treatment options; strategies for addressing industry opposition; future directions in tobacco control; and how to evaluate tobacco control initiatives.