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Writing in the Sciences

Online Course. We, health economists, are “number” persons. Most of us don’t like writing. Yet, good writing skills are essential for your work. This course teaches you to become a more effective writer, using practical examples and exercises.

What you’ll learn?

This Stanford University course includes; principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences.

Syllabus

  • Unit 1 introduces the course and reviews key principles of effective writing. In particular, you will practice cutting clutter from writing.
  • Unit 2 focuses on writing with strong, active verbs. Lessons include how to: write in the active voice; avoid turning verbs into nouns; choose strong verbs; and get to the main verb of a sentence quickly.
  • Unit 3 reviews how to vary sentence structure and write strong paragraphs. You will practice using the dash, colon, semi-colon, and parentheses, as well as writing well-organized and concise paragraphs.
  • Unit 4 reviews the writing process. I will give you tips for making the writing process easier, more efficient, and more organized.
  • Unit 5 reviews the sections of a scientific manuscript. You will learn how to format tables and figures, and how to write results, methods, introduction, and discussion sections.
  • Unit 6 discusses the peer review process, as well as ethical issues in scientific publishing. You will learn how to avoid plagiarism, determine authorship, submit a paper, write a peer review, and avoid predatory journals.
  • Unit 7 reviews types of writing beyond original research manuscripts. You will learn how to write review papers, grants, letters of recommendation, and personal essays.
  • Unit 8 reviews communication with broader audiences. You will learn how work with the media, be interviewed, conduct an interview, and write about science for general audiences.
Skills you will gain
  • Grammar
  • Medical Writing
  • Science Communication
  • Writing
Course Offered by Stanford University
The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly referred to as Stanford University
or Stanford, is an American private research university located in Stanford, California
on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus near Palo Alto, California, United States.
 

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