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Effective Writing for Public Health Change


Summer Inst. term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Pamela Davis
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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% In-class Exercises
  • 40% Final Paper

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate level students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course will be offered for 3 days in the HPM Summer Institute. Students are required to complete readings prior to the start of the course. The final assignments will be due no later than August 3, 2020.