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This course introduces the basics of writing and editing scientific and medical materials, and provides an overview of the careers available in Medical Writing. Topics include:

  • definitions of scientific and medical writing and editing and the difference between scientific writing and science writing
  • scientific publications and the IMRAD format
  • a review of essential grammar including plurals, correct and preferred usage and jargon
  • punctuation, hyphenation, and capitalization
  • inclusive language, age and sex referents
  • misplaced modifiers
  • abbreviations, acronyms, eponyms, and Greek letters
  • reference styles
  • professional organizations
All reading will be scientific or medical in nature. Specific content to be edited will be exercises from the AMA Manual of Style.

Command of the English language and prior knowledge of medical terminology are essential for this course.

This course will benefit students who are seeking entry-level positions in the writing and editing of scientific and medical materials.

Note: YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ACCEPTED INTO MEDICAL WRITING PROGRAM TO ENROLL.
Individuals who are interested in the field of medical writing are welcome to enroll in the first course upon completion the prerequisite courses. In order to receive your certificate, you will need to formally apply to the program and complete all of the required coursework with a B-/80% or higher.

Please visit the Medical Writing Certificate page to apply to the certificate program.

Course Number: FPM-40605
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Medical Writing

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