The Riegelman Writing in Public Health Program was launched late last year with the intent to improve student and faculty writing in public health. It is critically important that public health professionals who are dedicated to improving the lives of others are able to communicate effectively.
Unfortunately, as the world becomes increasingly complex with issues such as gun violence, drug-abuse, and climate change, many public health professionals struggle to document and share their discoveries. Attendees at the For All the Right Reasons: Writing in Public Health 2018 Annual Meeting session offered a plethora of ideas for short term and long term approaches to addressing the issues associated with poor quality writing, one request was for more time to both incorporate writing throughout the curriculum, and for grading/providing feedback on student writing assignments.
In response, the Riegelman Writing Advisory Committee has identified a number of activities, including a set of webinars on educational peer review. Properly implemented peer review provides the opportunity for students to engage further with writing via multiple drafts and to receive more quality feedback, without introducing additional burden on faculty. If you have a successful model for educational peer review that you would like to present on an upcoming webinar, please email Ms. Sarah Weiner (email@example.com).