EFFECTIVE WRITING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CHANGE Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- • Use fundamental writing skills including correct sentence structure, correct grammar, clarity and organization.
- • Implement a technique called “the writing process,” which includes pre-writing, framing, drafting, and revising.
- • Analyze the purpose and context of as well as the audience and stakeholders for the public health issue in question.
- • Write clear, well-organized, and concise persuasive documents for readers with varying levels of knowledge and expertise.
Course DescriptionSharpens persuasive writing skills for public health change. Focuses on the key elements of successful advocacy writing, including fundamental writing mechanics and grammar, effective argumentation structure, rhetorical awareness, and analysis of the political/policy environment. Addresses and practices a variety of writing techniques, including story-telling, and data presentation. Participants review and analyze a wide range of persuasive writing formats (i.e., white papers, letters opinion-editorials, and policy briefs), and participate in short in-class writing exercises and writing workshops.
Intended AudienceInternet MPH Students and anyone else interested in this subject.
Methods of AssessmentClass participation (20%), in-class writing workshops (40%), and a final written assignment (40%). The final assignment will be a written policy piece in one of the following formats, opinion-editorial, policy brief, white paper, letter, or memo.
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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