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260.720.81 Communications Primer for the Public Health Sciences

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
4th term
1 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Brian Klaas
Course Instructor s:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Acquaints students with the basics of effective oral and written communications in the form of brief exercises.

Focuses on clarity and simplicity in presentation practice across disciplines and cultures to emphasize central messages.

Introduces students to writing succinctly for advocacy using "compelling writers strategies" for opinion pieces and short speeches.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Construct visual presentations around simple, clear narratives
  2. Explain the rationale for important public health topics across disciplines and to the public
  3. Formulate clear and concise oral and written messages in the form of motivational presentations and opinion pieces
Methods of Assessment:

Presentation Basics Quiz: 10%; Lightning Talk Presentation: 30%;
OpEd Piece: 30%; Peer feedback and participation: 30%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students interested in more extensive communications training are advised to enroll in 260.710.60/.81 Communications Practice for Health Science Professionals