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308.604.11 Effective Writing for Public Health Change

Health Policy and Management
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Mon 06/17/2019 - Wed 06/19/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  9:00am - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Pamela Davis
Course Instructor :
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Use fundamental writing skills including correct sentence structure, correct grammar, clarity and organization
  2. Implement a technique called “the writing process,” which includes pre-writing, framing, drafting, and revising
  3. Analyze the purpose and context of the audience and stakeholders for the public health issue in question
  4. 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.

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate level students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required