Publishing & Presenting Research

Spring 2023 (1 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.


The objectives for this course are for participants to:

  • Prepare research abstracts for competitive submission to scientific meetings as well as for full-length research manuscripts;
  • Create concise, effective, and engaging oral and poster research presentations for scientific conferences;
  • Develop the critical content and structure of the introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections of a research manuscript;
  • Present research data effectively in table and graphic form in order to highlight the most important findings of their research;
  • Navigate the manuscript submission and review process, both internally with co-authors and externally with a journal; and
  • Develop strategies for writing about science for public audiences via press releases, opinion/editorial pieces, podcasts, Twitter, blogs, Substack, and one's own website.




Course Director:

Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH

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


Tuesdays: 1:00 to 3:00 PM, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
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 3 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.

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