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BU: Writing Guide Serves as Online Student Resource

In a field that centers around data, statistics, and science, many public health students — and seasoned professionals — find it difficult to translate their thoughts or research findings into eloquent and persuasive sentences.

To allay these fears, Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) launched its Public Health Writing Guide, designed to help students improve their prose, increase productivity, and meet the specific needs of readers. The online guide is the latest addition to the school’s Public Health Writing Program, which provides one-on-one writing sessions with a peer coach, faculty assistance in developing writing assignments, and in-class trainings for students.

The guide reflects the collective efforts of peer writing coaches, faculty, and staff. Dr. Jennifer Beard, professor of global health and director of the Public Health Writing Program at BUSPH, says the guide serves as a useful resource to students, whether they need simple tips or in-depth guidance.

“We often expect our students to be able to write when they come here,” says Dr. Beard. “If they haven’t written in a while, they get rusty, and need lots of practice and people who will talk to them about their writing.”

The guide provides tips and strategies on documents that public health professionals might produce, including literature reviews, grant proposals, and policy briefs.