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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Pamela Davis
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Sharpens 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.

Learning Objective(s):
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 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

Methods of Assessment: Class 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.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/16/2014 - Wed 06/18/2014
  • Monday 8:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 8:30 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 8
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Frequency Schedule: One Year Only
Next Offered: 2015-2016