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Scientific Writing in Health Sciences: Developing a Manuscript for Publication I


East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Hybrid In-person and Asynchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  3:30 - 6:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructor:
Sara Neelon



Students may wish to take this course if they are interested in pursuing academic positions or careers that involve professional writing related to social and behavioral sciences. This course is also appropriate for students who want to communicate and disseminate their research findings to promote public health.

This course introduces and guides students in the writing of scientific manuscripts for publication in an area related to public health, particularly social and behavioral sciences. The goal of the course is to facilitate more effective writing of research articles using practical examples and peer feedback. Topics include: principles of good writing; tips for writing more efficiently; journal selection; co-author selection, and the anatomy of a manuscript. Students begin the course with a research question (purpose of study) and a summary of quantitative or qualitative (or mixed methods) data they would like to present in a scientific manuscript. This typically takes the form of summary tables. All analyses must be completed prior to the start of the course. Students end the course with at least two sections (e.g., methods and results) of a completed manuscript.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Practice principles of good scientific writing
  2. Evaluate and critique the scientific writing of peers
  3. Identify relevant ethical issues in authorship and publishing
  4. Identify the components of a scientific manuscript for publication
  5. Write the methods and results sections of scientific manuscripts for publication
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 50% Final Paper
  • 15% Participation
  • 15% Peer-feedback

Enrollment Restriction:

No undergraduates

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Master’s-level students with permission of the instructor.

For consent, contact: