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Department: Mental Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Tamar Mendelson
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Provides training in the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, with a focus on empirical papers and systematic reviews. Develops students' ability to serve as reviewers and critically evaluate the written work of peers. Covers topics relevant to effective communication and dissemination of ideas, including journal selection, preparation of cover letters, and responses to reviewers. Incorporates informal presentations from diverse JHSPH faculty members, as well as student critiques of other students' works in progress.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Understand how to formulate and organize an empirical paper and systematic review
Produce a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal
Offer critical feedback as a peer reviewer

Methods of Assessment: Based on class participation, a written review of a class member's work, and a final paper in the form of an empirical research paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 2
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Enrollment Restriction: Enrollment is restricted to PhD students in the second year or beyond.
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Consent is required to establish that interested students have a well-developed paper idea and completed (or near completed) data analysis.

For consent, contact:

Students must begin the course with a well-formulated idea for an empirical research paper and completed (or near completed) data analysis.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail