Training the Next Generation of Tobacco-Control Researchers

Massachusetts Tobacco Control Research Training Program

A 1999–2001 joint initiative between the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Health developed and piloted a collaborative, doctoral-level, tobacco-control research training program.

Key Results

The project accomplished the following:

  • Fellows completed three courses in addition to their required coursework:
    • "International Tobacco Control," co-taught at Harvard by Karen M. Emmons, PhD, and Ichiro Kawachi, MD, PhD.
    • "Practicum in Survey Research Methods," taught at UMASS Boston by the Center for Survey Research staff.
    • "Secondary Analysis of Survey Data," taught by Lois Biener, PhD, at UMASS Boston.
  • Fellows completed research papers using data from the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program evaluation and submitted them to peer-reviewed journals for publication.
  • Project collaborators convened the Harvard Tobacco Working Group, a large, interdisciplinary group of postdoctoral researchers from Harvard, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and other institutions.