The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study Data User Workshop: Making Nationally Representative Inferences from the PATH Study Data


  • Katy Edwards, Westat, Inc.
  • Jean Opsomer, Westat, Inc.

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 (ages 12-17) 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.

This workshop will focus on the PATH Study sample design and weighting. Specifically, attendees will gain a better understanding of how to conduct longitudinal analyses to estimate change over time as well as pseudo-cross-sectional analyses to estimate prevalence.

The workshop will consist of a brief overview of the PATH Study and detailed discussion of sample design and weights for all types of PATH Study data files available from Wave 1-Wave 4 (including youth, adult, biomarker, and state identifier data files). Participants will also gain hands-on experience working with the data and understanding the weighted results.

The focus of this workshop will be on understanding and using the PATH Study data files, not on a specific analytic approach. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on exercises.

The course is designed for academic faculty and research professionals as well as for graduate students interested in tobacco regulatory science and/or tobacco biomarkers of exposure. Participants should be comfortable with data analysis software and quantitative research methods. All examples and exercises will utilize SAS statistical software, although participants may use the software of their choice. The workshop will include two full days of instruction and exercises. To get the most out of the workshop, participants should plan to attend both full days.

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, and R) and a substantive interest in tobacco regulatory research.

Application: Admission to this workshop is competitive. Enrollment is limited.
To apply, use the Registration tab from the course description. Provide your information, select the course, and indicate your experience with quantitative research methods. Also, upload the following required documents via the registration portal:

  1. Current curriculum vita with a select list of publications (Please highlight your research interests and any experience and/or coursework relevant to the PATH Study Summer Workshop, particularly prior experience with tobacco research and/or quantitative analytic methods)
  2. Research project description (Priority will be given to applicants whose project description indicates interest in using the PATH Study data for tobacco regulatory research. The project description should include 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 workshop.

Application Open Period: April 15 - May 10, 2019.

Tags: Tobacco, PATH Study

Course Sections

Section 1

Location: ICPSR -- Ann Arbor, MI

Date(s): August 12 - August 13

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


  • Katy Edwards, Westat, Inc.
  • Jean Opsomer, Westat, Inc.