Courses Taught by Ella August

EPID530: Scientific Communication for Epidemiologists

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella (Residential);
  • Last offered Fall 2017
  • Prerequisites: none
  • Description: Students will learn the structure, conventions, and styles associated with selected communication formats, appropriate for scientific discourse in public health. During the course, students will produce a scientific poster with a "conference-style" abstract, develop and present an oral presentation and explore one practice-oriented writing format in depth.

EPID531: Epidemiology Capstone Writing Course

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall, Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: This course supports Epidemiology MPH students' capstone development. Students will perform pre-writing activities to help them structure and organize their capstone, will engage in structured peer review with classmates and will have a chance to reflect on and revise their work throughout the semester.
  • Learning Objectives: 1) write capstone in the format of a journal-style scientific article 2) understand how to tailor scientific article (aka capstone) to a specific audience (in this case readers of the student's target journal) 3) be able to develop effective written and oral arguments in a scientific journal article 4) get practice using conventions specific to academic writing and even more specifically those associated with the student's area of research 5) further develop writing process through reflection, discussion and trying new approaches 6) provide constructive feedback to peers on their writing 7) revise writing based on feedback from peers, advisor and instructor 8) explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
Concentration Competencies that EPID531 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
EPID Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology MPH Communicate environmental or occupational epidemiological findings in writing using standards of peer-reviewed journals, including descriptions of design, results, and interpretation EPID531

PUBHLTH482: Writing in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella (Residential);
  • Prerequisites: PUBHLTH 200 and Public Health Major
  • Description: Students will reflect on and synthesize experiences in the Public Health program and connect them with public health practice and professional goals. Students will examine publications from different areas of public health, compose an original document for use in public health practice and explore one profession in public health.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Using a self-identified publication about a controversial public health topic: a. Analyze textual and visual arguments presented b. Consider the role of stakeholders in the issue presented in the document c. Map public health activities and values that connect to the publication 2. Write a public health communication for use in the real world that is appropriate in terms of purpose, audience and style 3. Use structured peer review to provide feedback to your peers on their writing 4. Create a PowerPoint presentation video with effective visuals and a clear and compelling delivery 5. Recognize the importance of collaboration and cross-cutting skills in public health communication

PUBHLTH680: Applied Practice and Integrative Experience I

  • Graduate level
  • Online MPH only
  • This is a second year course for Online students
  • Fall term(s) term for online MPH students;
  • 2 Credit Hour(s) for online MPH students
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella Kardia, Sharon (Online MPH);
  • Prerequisites: PubHlth 512, Biostats 501
  • Description: Students will launch their integrated learning experience, which involves addressing an applied health problem and presenting their work in a professional communication format, synthesizing competencies they achieved throughout the program. Students will partner with community organizations in the Real-World Writing Project to develop two products, fulfilling the program’s APEx requirements.
  • Learning Objectives: At the end of this fall-semester course, students should: - have started their integrated learning experience and capstone product, the culmination of their experiences and learning in the MPH program. - have written something for the real world of public health that achieves a specific purpose and that is appropriate for a specific audience, and is written in a particular style. - have further developed their composing process through reflection, discussion and trying new approaches. - have gained experience collaborating with their peers and have connected these collaborative activities to public health practices. - be able to identify and/or create effective written and oral arguments within each of the communication formats we cover in the course. - explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge.