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


East Baltimore
4th 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

410.638.01 Students who did not take the first part of the series can request permission from the instructor.


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 guides students in the writing of scientific manuscripts for publication in an area related to 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: completion of the manuscript; drafting a cover letter; the process of peer review; revising a manuscript; and proofs and ultimate publication. Students end the course with a completed manuscript for ready for submission to a journal for publication.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Practice principles of good scientific writing
  2. Evaluate and critique scientific writing of peers
  3. Identify relevant ethical issues in authorship and publishing
  4. Write the introduction, discussion, and conclusion sections of scientific manuscripts for publication
  5. Write a cover letter for scientific manuscripts
  6. Submit 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: