Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Michael Eriksen

Second Advisor

Iris Feinberg


Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors and public health concerns in both developed and developing countries. The chemicals from cigarette smoke are harmful to almost all organs of the body of both adults and youth. According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey 2014 data, 20.3% of all students aged 13-15 (36.2% of boys and 4.3% of girls) currently use tobacco in all forms. Studies demonstrate that higher media literacy has been associated with lower smoking among youth, but there is currently no research around that topic in Indonesia. The research will aim to determine whether smoking media literacy is associated with current smoking and susceptibility to smoking in the sample of youth in DKI Jakarta, Indonesia. This proposed research will ask a sample of secondary school students in DKI Jakarta to complete a survey that includes 16-item SML scale, items assessing current smoking and susceptibility to future smoking. A total of 86,354 participants is expected in this study. The researchers will use logistic regression to determine associations between smoking media literacy and the two outcome measures. The product of this capstone project will be in a form of a research proposal, which will be submitted to funding agencies in order to serve as a pioneer for researches on similar topic in Indonesia.