University of Bath

Apply for our Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Research Skills course

Join this Continual Professional Development course taking place 18 to 22 June 2018. You'll improve your skills in and knowledge of tobacco industry monitoring.

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Teaching for the course will take place on campus

In March 2017, in collaboration with the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the University of Bath’s Tobacco Control Research Group ran a successful tobacco industry monitoring course for delegates from low and middle income countries. Building on this success, the Group is offering a week-long training course in June 2018 aimed at professionals from all over the world who wish to improve their skills in and knowledge of tobacco industry monitoring and research.

The course will examine in detail how to monitor and conduct research into the activities of tobacco companies and their allies, and how to synthesise and publish your research for use by key stakeholders, including policy makers and health advocates.

Although the focus is on tobacco, people with an interest in alcohol and food industries will find the course useful as the industries use similar tactics.

What will you be taught?

The course is provided by the Tobacco Control Research Group at the University of Bath, led by Professor Anna Gilmore.

Sessions include:

  • who is Big Tobacco and how other industries have followed its tactics
  • creating an industry monitoring model and identifying data sources
  • investigative research techniques
  • in-depth industry research
  • potential difficulties of working in this area and how to work safely
  • identifying stakeholders, information dissemination and securing impacts
  • writing for a general audience using media wiki software

The week-long course consists of presentations, case studies, discussion and group work with assistance and support from Group members.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • develop an industry monitoring model
  • investigate industry third parties
  • understand how to undertake effective industry research
  • write for diverse audiences
  • identify key stakeholders and effectively disseminate findings


We assume that you will have a basic understanding of the tobacco industry and how it influences public health. If you are not sure whether this course is for you, please contact Dr Karen Evans-Reeves.

We do not accept any applications of people working for or funded by the tobacco industry.


  • Early bird (before 31 January 2018): £1,250
  • Full cost: £1,500

Costs do not include accommodation or subsistence.

Book your place

For any questions related to booking please contact Catherine Flower