Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

*Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

  • Online Courses

    491.658.81 - Techniques of Science-Medical Writing

    $3156

    John McQuaid

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    This core course develops and hones the reporting, creative and explanatory skills demonstrated by the best science-medical writers. The course features writing assignments and exercises in journalistic and literary writing, plus interviewing, ethics and the use of scientific journals and databases. In some cases, students may be able to choose from a range of writing topics, including nature, technology, health, space, biology, medicine, or other scientific issues. Science Writing students should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop. Departmental approval and a writing sample required for students not enrolled in the Science Writing Program.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.673.81 - Science-Medical Writing Workshop

    $3156

    Timothy Wendel

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    In a writing workshop, students receive professional guidance in translating complex scientific, medical, or technological knowledge and research into graceful, lucid prose. Students submit individual essays or articles, or parts of a larger work in progress. Writing submissions are critiqued by peers as well as by the instructor, then revised. Students are encouraged but not required to take this course from different instructors. (The three section numbers designate the academic term in which the workshop is offered. Students earn workshop credit by taking any section number multiple times, or by combining any sections.) Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.697.81 - The Literature of Science

    $3156

    David Taylor

    Online 5/16 - 8/22

    In this reading elective, students analyze current and classic books, magazine articles, and newspaper series to discover how the best science, medical, nature, and environmental writers create compelling, entertaining, factual literature. Craft topics include structure, pace, sources, content, explanatory writing, and clear, lyrical language. Assignments may include brief reviews and a team presentation of an assigned book, from such writers as Erik Larson, Atul Gawande, Rachel Carson, John McPhee, James Gleick, Lewis Thomas, Elizabeth Kolbert, or Jonathan Weiner.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.750.81 - Contemporary Science-Medical Writing: Creative and Professional Forms

    $3156

    Nancy Lord

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    This core course provides a broad foundation in the diverse forms and venues encountered in contemporary science writing careers. Students learn elements of classic forms, such as essay, profile, news article, and op-ed, and they explore magazines, institutional publications, literary journals, blogs, speeches, and even museum exhibit text. The course covers the differing goals of various forms and how they might be used in multimedia, social networks, and other digital communication. Guest speakers present real-world expertise, with students engaged in discussion, exercises, and writing assignments. Science writing students needing a stronger foundation should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.755.81 - Science Personal Essay and Memoir Workshop

    $3156

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    In this specialized workshop, students experiment with memoir and the personal essay as distinct forms and as an exploration of the self. Seminal essays are read to clarify students' thoughts and to help them develop their own voice and style in personal science writing. The topics of health, technology, environment, and other realms of science or medicine will be paramount, whether in reported content or within the personal experience, feelings or ideas of the writer. This course provides a workshop credit for science writers. Prerequisite: 491.658

    Technology Fee: $175.00

  • Off-Site or International

    491.708.91 - Medicine in Action

    $3156

    Brian Simpson

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/30 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/31 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/1 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/4 - 8/22
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/5 - 8/22

    This special Residency course based at world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore allows students, program alumni, and others to experience the front lines of medicine. Participants spend time observing doctors and nurses in action and may be assigned to follow a practitioner during a shift at the hospital. The course includes meetings with doctors, nurses, and patients, plus a final writing exercise. Previous sections of this course included meetings with winners of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize.

    Onsite residency course in Baltimore, MD, June 17 to 24. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($3,156 + a possible increase for FY19) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes some meals and event costs). Fees do not include lodging or transportation costs. Lodging is available close to the medical campus through the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Housing Office. To reserve a two-bedroom apartment or a suite, contact 410-955-3905 or jhmihousingoffice@jhmi.edu prior to March 1. This course has a non-refundable $325 fee. If you drop this course prior to March 1, you will be refunded the tuition only, according to the JHU AAP refund policy. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1, 2018 at 10am to March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm) 05-16-2018 to 6-16-2018 / online; 6-17-2018 to 6-24-2018 / MTWThFS 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM / Off site (Not JHU); 6-25-2018 to 7-11-2018 / online

    491.708.94 - Medicine in Action

    $3156

    Brian Simpson

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/30 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/31 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/1 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/4 - 8/22
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/5 - 8/22

    This special Residency course based at world-renowned Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore allows students, program alumni, and others to experience the front lines of medicine. Participants spend time observing doctors and nurses in action and may be assigned to follow a practitioner during a shift at the hospital. The course includes meetings with doctors, nurses, and patients, plus a final writing exercise. Previous sections of this course included meetings with winners of the Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize.

    (Onsite residency course in Baltimore, MD, June 17 to 24. Costs = Graduate Non-Credit Alumni Tuition ($1,578 (FY19 tuition, pending approval of Board of Trustees)) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes some meals and event costs). Fees do not include lodging or transportation costs. Lodging is available close to the medical campus through the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Housing Office. To reserve a two-bedroom apartment or a suite, contact 410-955-3905 or jhmihousingoffice@jhmi.edu prior to March 1. This course has a non-refundable $325 fee. If you drop this course prior to March 1, you will be refunded the tuition only, according to the JHU AAP refund policy. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. Section 94 is available for alumni to enroll as non-credit, with the reduced cost alumni benefit . The course will appear with an "AU" to indicate the audit status on the transcript. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1, 2018 at 10am to March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm) 05-16-2018 to 6-16-2018 / online; 6-17-2018 to 6-24-2018 / MTWThFS 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM / Off site (Not JHU); 6-25-2018 to 7-11-2018 / online

    491.751.91 - Marine Science & Science Writing on the Emerald Isle

    $3156

    Melissa Joyce
    Karen Houppert

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/21 - 8/22
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/22 - 8/22

    Surrounded by oceans and seas, Ireland is host to extensive marine science research and a land known for its storytelling and storytellers. This Dublin-based residency course will explore this confluence of sea, science, and literature. The onsite portion of the course will include a mix of talks with scientists and local science journalists, craft discussions, and field trips to sites in and around this UNESCO City of Literature. Time permitting, the class will also meet with scientists from Ireland’s booming nanoscience sector. An online component leading up to and following the residency week will include short reading assignments, discussions, and a brief writing exercise.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($3,156 (FY19 tuition, pending approval of Board of Trustees)) + a nonrefundable seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions) + lodging fee ($450). Fees do not include transportation costs. If you drop this course after February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund of the seminar and lodging fees. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1, 2018 at 10am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm)

    491.751.92 - Marine Science & Science Writing on the Emerald Isle

    $3156

    Melissa Joyce
    Karen Houppert

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/21 - 8/22
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/22 - 8/22

    Surrounded by oceans and seas, Ireland is host to extensive marine science research and a land known for its storytelling and storytellers. This Dublin-based residency course will explore this confluence of sea, science, and literature. The onsite portion of the course will include a mix of talks with scientists and local science journalists, craft discussions, and field trips to sites in and around this UNESCO City of Literature. Time permitting, the class will also meet with scientists from Ireland’s booming nanoscience sector. An online component leading up to and following the residency week will include short reading assignments, discussions, and a brief writing exercise.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition ($3,156 (FY19 tuition, pending approval of Board of Trustees)) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions). Fees do not include lodging or transportation costs. If you drop this course after February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund of the seminar fee. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1, 2018 at 10am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm)

    491.751.94 - Marine Science & Science Writing on the Emerald Isle

    $3156

    Melissa Joyce
    Karen Houppert

    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/16 - 8/22
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/17 - 8/22
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/18 - 8/22
    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/21 - 8/22
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/22 - 8/22

    Surrounded by oceans and seas, Ireland is host to extensive marine science research and a land known for its storytelling and storytellers. This Dublin-based residency course will explore this confluence of sea, science, and literature. The onsite portion of the course will include a mix of talks with scientists and local science journalists, craft discussions, and field trips to sites in and around this UNESCO City of Literature. Time permitting, the class will also meet with scientists from Ireland’s booming nanoscience sector. An online component leading up to and following the residency week will include short reading assignments, discussions, and a brief writing exercise.

    DUBLIN: One-week onsite course July 22 – 29. Costs = Graduate Non-Credit Alumni Tuition ($1,578) + a nonrefundable Seminar Fee ($325, includes two receptions). Fees do not include lodging or transportation costs. If you drop this course after February 17, you will be refunded the tuition only. If you drop this course after February 17, there will be no refund of the seminar fee. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. Section 94 is available for alumni to enroll as non-credit, with the reduced cost alumni benefit . The course will appear with an "AU" to indicate the audit status on the transcript. (REGISTRATION RUNS: February 1, 2018 at 10am to February 17, 2018 at 11:59pm)