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Biomedical Writing I

East Baltimore
2nd Term
Clinical Investigation
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Hybrid In-person and Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Tuesday, 3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Focuses on writing a high-quality biomedical research paper section by section, sharing constructive critique with course peers, and receiving line-by-line edits from the instructor. Emphasizes writing from the reader’s perspective, incorporating narrative style, and practicing all elements of effective scholarly writing. Challenges the notions that scholarly writing is difficult, and that research papers are not pleasurable to write or to read. Addresses other types of academic writing such as letters of recommendation; (these elements are not formal assignments). Presents diverse instructional formats: didactic elements, small group work, and class critique of student texts and texts from published papers.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Generate and present valid research questions that address topics of public health importance
  2. Present scientific data that you generate by writing a high-quality biomedical research paper suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal
  3. Demonstrate logical organization, clear and effective writing, and an understanding of readers’ and reviewers’ expectations
  4. Describe the content that reviewers expect to see in each of the main sections of a peer-reviewed biomedical research paper
  5. Demonstrate the ability to edit texts, figures and tables for content, form and style
  6. Critically analyze, and recommend revisions to, a draft of a biomedical research paper written by a peer, to improve its organization and style
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Participation
  • 50% Written Assignment(s)
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Restriction
GTPCI students and max of 2 non-GTPCI students
Special Comments

Grade issued at the end of 4th term after completion of 390.711. Two in-person sessions and 6 virtual synchronous sessions.