Objectives To evaluate student tobacco control advocacy behavioural capacity using longitudinal trace data.
Methods A tobacco control advocacy curriculum was developed and implemented at schools of public health (SPH) or departments of public health in seven universities in China. Participants comprised undergraduate students studying the public health curriculum in these 13 Universities. A standardised assessment tool was used to evaluate their tobacco control advocacy behavioural capacity. Repeated measures analysis of variance, paired t tests and paired χ2 tests were used to determine differences between dependent variables across time. Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and multivariate logistic regression were used to assess treatment effects between intervention and control sites.
Results Respective totals of 426 students in the intervention group and 338 in the control group were available for the evaluation. Approximately 90% of respondents were aged 21 years or older and 56% were women. Findings show that the capacity building program significantly improved public health student advocacy behavioural capacity, including advocacy attitude, interest, motivation and anti-secondhand smoke behaviours. The curriculum did not impact student smoking behaviour.
Conclusions This study provides sufficient evidence to support the implementation of tobacco control advocacy training at Chinese schools of public health.
- Tobacco control
- behavioural capacity, undergraduate students
- environmental tobacco smoke
- young adults
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Funding Bloomberg Global Initiative project supported by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (U-China-1-15).
Competing interests None.
Patient consent Obtained.
Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the Ethics Committee of the participating Universities.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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