Heather Lynn Wipfli, PhD

Professor of Clinical Population & Public Health Sciences and International Relations

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Heather Wipfli, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventative Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and International Relation at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Wipfli holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva. Her research focuses on international cooperation and governance approaches to improve health, specifically in regards to global chronic disease control including tobacco use, obesity, and exposure to air pollution, as well as adolescent-focused community-based interventions. She has conducted research in dozens of countries throughout the world and currently focuses much of her efforts in East Africa, namely Uganda. She is also a member of the California Thirdhand Smoke Research Consortium, in which she serves as the co-Director of the Thirdhand Smoke Research Center (www.thirdhandsmoke.org).

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Wipfli directed research and training for the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and worked on the development of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a technical officer at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva. She has published work on global tobacco control, globalization and health, capacity building in low- and middle-income countries and health security. In 2008, Dr. Wipfli earned the Alumni Laurent Prize of the University of Geneva for her dissertation on the global diffusion of tobacco control policies, which as the basis of her first book, The Global War on Tobacco, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2015.

Courses Taught

    Public Health Leadership and Management
    Global Health Governance and Diplomacy
    Emerging Trends in Global Health: A Public Health Seminar
    Case Studies in Global Health
    Emerging Issues in Tobacco Control and Regulatory Science
    Foundations of Public Health
    Culture, Lifestyle, and Health


  • Content analysis of email marketing communications among online e-cigarette retailers Nicotine Tob Res. 2024 Mar 02. . View in PubMed
  • A phone-based tobacco use cessation program for people living with HIV in Uganda and Zambia: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial Addict Sci Clin Pract. 2024 Jan 19; 19(1):6. . View in PubMed
  • Online Purchase Attempts of Flavored E-Cigarettes to Minors in California Before and After Senate Bill 793 JAMA Netw Open. 2023 Dec 01; 6(12):e2348749. . View in PubMed
  • Adolescent mental health in post-conflict communities: results from a cross-sectional survey in Northern Uganda Confl Health. 2023 Nov 02; 17(1):52. . View in PubMed
  • Monitoring website marketing among leading e-cigarette brands and vendors in California: content analysis Tob Control. 2023 Aug 29. . View in PubMed
  • Policy-relevant differences between secondhand and thirdhand smoke: strengthening protections from involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke pollutants Tob Control. 2023 Jun 01. . View in PubMed
  • Playtime: vaping devices designed as cartoons and toys may appeal to kids Tob Control. 2023 Mar 29. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of a Social Media Campaign Designed to Increase Awareness of Thirdhand Smoke among California Adults Health Commun. 2023 Mar; 38(3):437-446. . View in PubMed
  • Vaping and anime: a growing area of concern Tob Control. 2023 11; 32(6):803-805. . View in PubMed
  • E-cigarette use and promotion by social media influencers during videogame play on Twitch Tob Control. 2023 07; 32(4):526-527. . View in PubMed
  • Advancing racial equity and social justice for Black communities in US tobacco control policy Tob Control. 2023 05; 32(3):381-384. . View in PubMed
  • Themes in e-liquid concept names as a marketing tactic: evidence from Premarket Tobacco Product Applications in the USA Tob Control. 2022 Sep 28. . View in PubMed
  • Smoking-related psychosocial beliefs and justifications among smokers in India: Findings from Tobacco Control Policy (TCP) India Surveys BMC Public Health. 2022 09 13; 22(1):1738. . View in PubMed
  • Thirdhand Smoke Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior: Development of Reliable and Valid Self-report Measures Nicotine Tob Res. 2022 01 01; 24(1):141-145. . View in PubMed
  • Engaging youth in global health and social justice: a decade of experience teaching a high school summer course Glob Health Action. 2022 12 31; 15(1):1987045. . View in PubMed
  • Characteristics of flavored and non-flavored waterpipe tobacco users: a real-world setting study Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2021 Nov; 28(41):57629-57639. . View in PubMed
  • The GEOHealth Hub for Eastern Africa: Contributions and Lessons Learned Geohealth. 2021 Jun; 5(6):e2021GH000406. . View in PubMed
  • Tobacco use and E-cigarette regulation: Perspectives of University Students in the Asia-Pacific Addict Behav. 2020 08; 107:106420. . View in PubMed
  • Corrigendum to “Network influences on policy implementation: Evidence from a global health treaty” [SocSci. Med. ] 222 (February 2019) 188-197. Soc Sci Med. 2020 08; 258:112245. . View in PubMed
  • Investigating global mental health: Contributions from political science Glob Public Health. 2020 06; 15(6):805-817. . View in PubMed
  • The Manila Declaration on Migration and Health: commentary of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Global Health Program Global Health. 2020 01 22; 16(1):12. . View in PubMed
  • Tobacco control in Mexico: a decade of progress and challenges Salud Publica Mex. 2019 May-Jun; 61(3):292-302. . View in PubMed
  • Network influences on policy implementation: Evidence from a global health treaty Soc Sci Med. 2019 02; 222:188-197. . View in PubMed
  • Best Practices in Global Health Practicums: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities J Community Health. 2018 06; 43(3):467-476. . View in PubMed
  • Workplace wellness programming in low-and middle-income countries: a qualitative study of corporate key informants in Mexico and India Global Health. 2018 05 09; 14(1):46. . View in PubMed
  • Coding communications across time: Documenting changes in interaction patterns across adopter categories Netw Sci (Camb Univ Press). 2017 Dec; 5(4):441-460. . View in PubMed
  • Mentoring for Success in Tobacco Regulatory Science: A Qualitative Study Tob Regul Sci. 2017 Jul; 3(3):280-292. . View in PubMed
  • Defining Tobacco Regulatory Science Competencies Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 Feb; 19(2):222-230. . View in PubMed
  • Patient Barriers to Accessing Surgical Cleft Care in Vietnam: A Multi-site, Cross-Sectional Outcomes Study World J Surg. 2017 06; 41(6):1435-1446. . View in PubMed
  • Barriers to Reconstructive Surgery in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Cross-Sectional Study of 453 Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Patients in Vietnam Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Nov; 138(5):887e-895e. . View in PubMed
  • The FCTC Turns 10: Lessons From the Fist Decade J Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 05; 26(6):279-83. . View in PubMed
  • The Tsao Fellowship in Global Health: A Model for International Fellowships in a Surgery Residency J Craniofac Surg. 2016 Mar; 27(2):282-5. . View in PubMed
  • Review of Policy, Regulatory, and Organizational Frameworks of Environment and Health in Ethiopia Ethiop J Health Dev. 2016; 30(1 Spec Iss):42-49. . View in PubMed
  • One Hundred Years in the Making: The Global Tobacco Epidemic Annu Rev Public Health. 2016; 37:149-66. . View in PubMed
  • Training the next generation of global health experts: experiences and recommendations from Pacific Rim universities Global Health. 2016 06 23; 12(1):34. . View in PubMed
  • Three Eras in Global Tobacco Control: How Global Governance Processes Influenced Online Tobacco Control Networking Glob Health Gov. 2016; 10(2):138-150. . View in PubMed
  • The Global Surgery Partnership: An Innovative Partnership for Education, Research, and Service Acad Med. 2016 Jan; 91(1):75-8. . View in PubMed
  • Diffusion of innovations theory applied to global tobacco control treaty ratification Soc Sci Med. 2015 Nov; 145:89-97. . View in PubMed
  • Framing Progress In Global Tobacco Control To Inform Action On Noncommunicable Diseases Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Sep; 34(9):1480-8. . View in PubMed
  • The Challenges of Limiting Exposure to THS in Vulnerable Populations Curr Environ Health Rep. 2015 Sep; 2(3):215-25. . View in PubMed
  • Perceptions of foreign health aid in East Africa: an exploratory baseline study Int Health. 2014 Dec; 6(4):331-6. . View in PubMed
  • Banning the hiring of tobacco users: where’s the fire? Acad Med. 2014 Jun; 89(6):837-9.. View in PubMed
  • Into the deep end: incorporating a global health governance and diplomacy experience in graduate public health training Glob Public Health. 2014; 9(7):827-40. . View in PubMed
  • Secondhand tobacco smoke: an occupational hazard for smoking and non-smoking bar and nightclub employees Tob Control. 2013 Sep; 22(5):308-14. . View in PubMed
  • Global health education: a pilot in trans-disciplinary, digital instruction Glob Health Action. 2013 May 02; 6:1-7. . View in PubMed
  • Using Visualizations to Explore Network Dynamics J Soc Struct. 2013; 14. . View in PubMed
  • Moving beyond global tobacco control to global disease control Tob Control. 2012 Mar; 21(2):269-72. . View in PubMed
  • Tobacco sales and promotion in bars, cafes and nightclubs from large cities around the world Tob Control. 2011 Jul; 20(4):285-90. . View in PubMed
  • Power of the process: evaluating the impact of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control negotiations Health Policy. 2011 May; 100(2-3):107-15. . View in PubMed
  • World No Tobacco Day 2011: India’s progress in implementing the framework convention on tobacco control Indian J Med Res. 2011 May; 133:455-7. . View in PubMed
  • Second-hand smoke’s worldwide disease toll Lancet. 2011 Jan 08; 377(9760):101-2. . View in PubMed
  • Global tobacco control diffusion: the case of the framework convention on tobacco control Am J Public Health. 2010 Jul; 100(7):1260-6. . View in PubMed
  • Globe still in grip of addiction Nature. 2010 Feb 25; 463(7284):1020-1. . View in PubMed
  • Determinants of hair nicotine concentrations in nonsmoking women and children: a multicountry study of secondhand smoke exposure in homes Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Dec; 18(12):3407-14. . View in PubMed
  • Global economic and health benefits of tobacco control: part 1 Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Sep; 86(3):263-71. . View in PubMed
  • Global economic and health benefits of tobacco control: part 2 Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2009 Sep; 86(3):272-80. . View in PubMed
  • Unfinished business in tobacco control JAMA. 2009 Aug 12; 302(6):681-2. . View in PubMed
  • Method validation for measurement of hair nicotine level in nonsmokers Biomed Chromatogr. 2009 Mar; 23(3):273-9. . View in PubMed
  • Secondhand smoke exposure among women and children: evidence from 31 countries Am J Public Health. 2008 Apr; 98(4):672-9. . View in PubMed
  • [Laws that ban smoking in indoor places in Mexico] Salud Publica Mex. 2008; 50 Suppl 3:S334-42. . View in PubMed
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke at home and in public places in Syria: a developing country’s perspective Inhal Toxicol. 2008 Jan; 20(1):17-24. . View in PubMed
  • [Environmental tobacco smoke exposure in homes of Mexico City: analysis of environmental samples and children and women hair] Salud Publica Mex. 2007; 49 Suppl 2:S224-32. . View in PubMed
  • Reaching and educating the global tobacco control community: innovative approaches to tobacco control training Public Health Rep. 2006 Sep-Oct; 121(5):521-8. . View in PubMed
  • A century of smoke Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 2006 Jul-Sep; 100(5-6):465-79. . View in PubMed
  • Mexico and the tobacco industry: doing the wrong thing for the right reason? BMJ. 2006 Feb 11; 332(7537):353-4.. View in PubMed
  • Research Assistance Matching (RAM) Project Tob Control. 2005 Jun; 14(3):151. . View in PubMed
  • Building capacity for international tobacco control research: the global tobacco research network Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun; 95(6):965-8. . View in PubMed
  • New century: same challenges Br J Cancer. 2005 Apr 11; 92(7):1179-81. . View in PubMed
  • Achieving the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control’s potential by investing in national capacity Tob Control. 2004 Dec; 13(4):433-7. . View in PubMed