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Dec 15, 2014 – “Getting to the End Game on Tobacco: A Novel Environmental Approach”

UNMC College of Public Health Grand Rounds

“Getting to the End Game on Tobacco: A Novel Environmental Approach”

Thomas E. Novotny, MD MPH

Thomas E. Novotny, MD MPH

Thomas E. Novotny, MD MPH
Professor of Global Health
Co-director, Joint SDSU/UCSD PhD Program in Global Health
Associate Director for Border and Global Health
Graduate School of Public Health, San Diego State University

Monday, December 15, 2014
12:00-1:00 pm
MCPH 2001


  1. Evaluate the current global tobacco control architecture: approaches, successes, and failures.
  2. Re-frame tobacco use as a full-service environmental problem needing novel solutions.
  3. Describe the scientific basis for and relevance of environmental interventions to reduce tobacco use.

Dr. Novotny is Professor of Global Health at San Diego State University (SDSU) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD). He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (MD 1973) and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (MPH Epidemiology 1992). During a 23-year career in the US Public Health Service, he served as a Family Physician in Northern California, as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in Denver, Colorado, as Medical Epidemiologist in the Office on Smoking and Health, and CDC Liaison to the World Bank in Washington, DC. He served in the Clinton and Bush Administrations as HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Refugee Health and Assistant Surgeon General from 1999-2002. He was a Professor in Residence of Epidemiology at UC San Francisco from 2002-2008, where he directed international programs for medical and other health sciences students. He now co-directs a unique Joint PhD program in Global Health at SDSU/UCSD. His current research program includes global health diplomacy, tobacco control and non-communicable diseases, and pandemic response; he collaborates with researchers in China, Brazil, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Canada, Switzerland, and the UK. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is co-editor of 21st Century Global Health Diplomacy (World Scientific Publishers, 2013). He is the founder of the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project, a 501c3 non-profit charity dedicated to mitigating the environmental impacts of cigarette butt waste (www.cigwaste.org).

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