Public Health Writing Program
The Public Health Writing Program is designed to help students strengthen their public health writing skills. To best serve our students’ needs, we offer student-directed writing appointments for all SPH degree candidates. Your peer coach will prioritize your questions and your goals in each appointment. You will also receive feedback on your writing and an action plan to achieve your writing goals.
Peer coaches can help students at any stage of the writing process for a SPH writing assignment. Come prepared to describe how the Peer Coach can help you with your assignment.
Please note: Students cannot receive assistance for Culminating Experiences, theses, or dissertations.
Make an Appointment
Writing appointments are available for novice and experienced writers. In order to provide adequate time to make revisions, please try to schedule an appointment more than 24 hours in advance. You may drop in during these times, but note that an appointment ensures peer coach availability.
Please note that peer coaches help with the writing process. Any questions about finding research sources should be directed to the reference librarians at BU Alumni Medical Library. More information on can be found on the Finding & Using References page of the BUSPH Writing Guide.
Make an appointment using our online request form.
Contact Colbey Ricklefs, Educational Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-414-1416, or Talbot 220 East.
BUSPH Writing Guide
Writing is an essential took for public health professionals. The BUSPH Education Office has created this helpful resource to help you navigate through general writing strategies, specific types of writing in public health, and utilizing references.
Visit the BUSPH Writing Guide here.
As identified in the Boston University School of Public Health Policy on Standards of Academic Honesty and Disciplinary Procedures, plagiarism “includes copying or substantially restating the work of another person without the use of quotation marks or other indication that the words of another have been copied, the use of any written or oral work from which the student has obtained ideas or data without citing the source, or collaborating with another person in an academic endeavor without acknowledging that person’s contribution.”
If you haven’t already done so, please login and complete the SPH Plagiarism Tutorial. Review of this quick and informative electronic presentation is mandatory for all SPH students. The brief tutorial offers examples of common types of plagiarism, tips on how to avoid plagiarizing, and guidelines for proper academic citation. After reviewing the tutorial, should you have any questions regarding plagiarism, please contact the Alumni Library reference desk at email@example.com or 617-638-4228, Monday–Friday from 8:30am–5pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10:ooam-6:00pm, or stop by the desk, which is located on the 12th floor, facing the library entrance.
A SPH Writing Seminar, taught by Professor Carol Pineiro (from the CRC), meets on weekly on the Medical Campus. It is a not-for-credit course that includes class instruction as well as individual tutoring sessions. Interested students should contact Colbey Ricklefs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ERC Writing Center (Charles River Campus)
The ERC Writing Center is designed to assist Boston University students with all aspects of the writing process excluding proofreading and editing. Our writing fellows help students with writing elements such as organization, documentation, and style. During the academic year, writing fellows are available for individual sessions of 40 minutes per session. Appointments may be scheduled two weeks in advance. Three sessions per week are allowed with a maximum of twelve sessions per semester.
Other Writing Resources
Helpful books on writing are available in the Writing Assistant Office, Talbot 224E, for reference.
Other writing resources are available online, including: