Publishing & Presenting Research

Spring 2024 (1 - 1.5 unit) 

Design and execution are the first steps of a research project; publishing and disseminating the results are its culmination. The class will introduce all aspects of health research-related writing and communication in the modern age. We will focus on traditional forms of dissemination (i.e., abstracts, posters, presentations and publications) as well as emerging formats.


Course Director:

Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
email: [email protected]


Tuesdays: 1:30 to 3:00 PM, April 2, 9, 16, 23, (No class April 30), May 7.  Students electing for the 1.5 unit options should plan to attend on May 14 and 21.

The course will gather for 90 minutes in which the first segment (no more than 30 minutes) will be a real-time structured overview of the session's content. The following 60 minutes will feature interactive discussion with specific examples and ample time for questions. Several sessions will be accompanied by prerecorded lectures to be watched before-hand to maximize interaction during the in-person time. Homework writing assignments will allow for application of the curriculum to each student's work.

The syllabus for the quarter shows dates and times for all activities.


Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research by Warren Browner. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 3rd edition. 2012.

Note: The 2nd edition of the Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research by Warren Browner is available for free on Google Books.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g.,

Other than the textbook, all other course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's syllabus.


Grades (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory ONLY) will be based on 2 writing assignments: a) an abstract; b) an introduction to a manuscript; and c) a figure or table with accompanying caption (which can be aimed for traditional publication or social media). Please note that late assignments are not accepted.

Only UCSF students (defined as individuals enrolled in UCSF degree or certificate programs) will receive academic credit for courses. Official transcripts are available to UCSF students only. A Certificate of Course Completion will be available upon request to individuals who are not UCSF students and satisfactorily pass all course requirements.

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Spring 2024 Course Schedule

Apply by March 31, 2024