The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study Data User Workshop


The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study is a collaboration between the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Food and Drug Administration (FDA).The PATH Study is a household-based, nationally representative, longitudinal cohort study of approximately 46,000 adults and youth (12 years and older) in the United States. The study was launched in 2011 to inform the FDA's regulatory activities under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed into law in 2009. The workshop will focus on the first wave of data, which were collected from September 2013 to December 2014, and the second wave of data, which were collected from October 2014 to September 2015.

Attendees will be introduced to the PATH Study, including the design, sample, data collection procedures, instruments, and variables. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of how to use and link PATH Study data files. The focus will be on understanding and using the PATH Study's specific data files and the cross-sectional and longitudinal file structures and not on a particular analytic approach. The course will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises.

The course is designed for faculty and research professionals as well as for advanced graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science who are comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research in the social sciences. All course examples and exercises will utilize SAS statistical software, although participants may use the software of their choice.

Prerequisites: Participants should have a basic understanding of secondary data organization and manipulation, fundamental data analysis skills, working knowledge of a statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. To apply use the "Registration" tab at the top of this page to provide your information, select the course, and complete the section on your quantitative/statistical experience. Also, upload the following documents via the registration Portal:

  • Current curriculum vita
  • Cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences

Note: Priority will be given to applicants with immediate interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research and who provide a research project description to do so, including references to theory or historical context, how the project extends what is presently known, and why the PATH Study data are needed for the project.

Fee: There is no tuition fee for the course.

Deadline: Deadline for application is May 15, 2017.

Class Times: Wednesday: Registration at 8:30 AM, course from 9:00 - 5:00 PM; Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00 PM; Friday: 9:00 - 2:00 PM

Tags: secondary analysis, tobacco, health

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