Courses Taught by Ella August

EPID530: Scientific Communication for Epidemiologists

  • Graduate level
  • Fall term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella
  • 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
  • Fall, Winter term(s)
  • 1 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella
  • 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.
  • Course Goals: Produce capstone product, the culmination of the student's experiences and learning in the MPH program.
  • 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, EHS670

PUBHLTH482: Writing in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): August, Ella
  • 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.
  • Course Goals: Through writing and examination of written documents, explore the activities, roles, values, and goals of public health practice. Additionally, explore and reflect on connections between course work and practice experiences in the UM Public Health Undergraduate program and interests, skills and professional goals.
  • 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