Public Health Writing Guide

Teaching Excellence in Public Health | March 27th, 2018

The Public Health Writing Guide provides concrete strategies for improving your prose, increasing your productivity, and meeting the specific needs of your readers. Our goal is to provide you with some best practices that can be useful to you over the course of your career, any time you are looking for encouragement, structure, or advice about how to get started.

Public Health Writing Guide

Specific Types of Public Health Writing

Are you feeling unsure about how to get started on a public health writing project? Are you unclear on the difference between a policy brief and a literature review?

Writing for specific audiences to achieve public health objectives is not limited by a single genre or purpose. The most common types of documents we need to write run a broad gamut that includes: emails, policy briefs, white papers, grant proposals, research protocols, scientific reports, articles for peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, scopes of work, standard operating procedures, budget justifications, public service announcements, op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, tweets, and the list goes on.

We have gathered resources for writing many different types of public health documents. Just click on the post-it notes for detailed suggestions.

Critiques (including Book Reviews)
Executive Summaries
Fact Sheets
Formal Emails
Grant Proposals
Letters to the Editor
Literature Reviews
Needs Assessments
Policy Briefs
Policy Memos
Professional Communication: Resumes, Cover Letters, and Curriculum Vitae
Project Plans
Project Reports
Research Papers