Description: Doctoral students must learn to think critically about their own writing, the writing of their peers, and the process of writing in general. This course will center on peer review, written critiques, and lectures from experts to build the skills necessary to craft a piece of writing with these elements.
Course Goals: At the end of the course, students should be able to:
Communicate public health research and its implications to a technical audience in a style that engages and connects with the reader.
Develop translatable writing skills for diverse career paths in science.
Competencies: Students taking this class are expected on its completion to:
Have a stronger grasp of the basic skills necessary for writing a scientific manuscript.
Understand the structure and expected content in scientific writing, including abstracts, reviews, and articles.
Understand how to critique the writing style, content, organization, and logic in their own and their peers' writing.
Take and give criticism constructively and use it to improve their writing.
Have a polished piece of writing that they can either submit for publication or use for their preliminary exam.
Have developed a regular writing routine that is productive for them.