Writing Resources

Public Health Writing Program

The goal of the Public Health Writing Program is to help students strengthen their public health writing skills. Our appointments are student-directing, meaning that your questions and your goals are the priority for the appointment. In each appointment, a writing assistant will provide feedback on your writing and work with you to create an action plan to achieve your writing goals. To best serve our student’s needs, we offer two types of writing appointments for all SPH degree candidates: writing appointments and writing skill appointments.

Writing Appointments

Writing Assistants can help students at any stage of the writing process for a SPH writing assignment.  Come prepared to describe how the Writing Assistant can help you with your assignment. Please note: Students cannot receive assistance for Culminating Experiences or master’s theses.

Writing appointments are available for novice and experienced writers for the Summer 2014 semester.  Make an appointment using our online request form.

Skills Appointments

Writing skills appointments designed for students who are struggling with difficulties in writing at the graduate level, not just with writing for a particular assignment.  During a writing skills appointment, Writing Assistants can help students improve common errors in grammar, word choice, punctuation, and/or sentence structure.  Come prepared to discuss a writing skill that you would like to improve.

Writing skill appointments are available for novice and experienced writers for the Summer 2014.  Make an appointment using our online request form.

Presentation Skill Appointments

In addition to offering our writing services, the Public Health Writing Program is offers presentation skill appointments. The goal of these appointments is to help students strengthen their oral communication skills. Our appointments are student-directing, meaning that your questions and your goals are the priority for the appointment. Presentation skill appointments are available to SPH degree candidates looking to practice presentations and receive feedback from a peer coach on slides, posters presentations, speech outlines, and/or oral communication skills!

Presentation appointments will resume in the Fall 2014 semester.  Make an appointment using our online request form.

Questions?

Ask Alexandra May, Educational Resource Coordinator, at sphwrite@bu.edu, 617-414-1416, or Talbot 220 East.

Plagiarism

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 refquest@bu.edu or 617-638-4228, Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., or stop by the desk, which is located on the 12th floor, facing the library entrance.

Writing Seminar

A SPH Writing Seminar, taught by Professor Carol Pineiro (from the CRC), meets on Fridays in the spring 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 Brendan Hoey, Student Services: 617-638-5062 or brendan2@bu.edu.

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

Public health writing resources are published to the Yammer periodically. Follow SPH Educational Resources on Yammer to receive notifications about these resources.

Helpful books on writing are available in the Writing Assistant Office, Talbot 219E, for reference.

Other writing resources are available online, including: