Courses Details

EPID747: Successful Scientific Writing

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Summer term(s) for residential students;
  • 1 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s):
  • Offered Every Summer
  • Last offered Summer 2019
  • Prerequisites: Perm. Instr.
  • Description: This course takes an active, participatory approach to help public health and health care professionals learn how to communicate the findings of their research and investigations more effectively and expedite publication of their manuscripts. Working in small groups, students spend much of their class time critiquing actual published and unpublished manuscripts, including their own, and solving a wide range of exercises that exemplify the real-world challenges that authors face. Free-form in-class discussions make it possible for class members to learn from one another's experiences. Major components of the course include the following: basic sections of a scientific article: the purpose, elements and organization of each section; principles of style for writing in public health and epidemiology; systematic approaches to the process of writing and publishing an article in a peer-reviewed journal; effective strategies for dealing with requests of journal editors and reviewers.