Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the Fall 2016 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

    $2918

    Laura McClellan

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    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.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.674.81 - Science-Medical Writing Workshop

    $2918

    Eric Niiler

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    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.)

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.707.81 - Prize Winners: The Best Writing about Science, Technology, Environment & Health

    $2918

    David Taylor

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    Whether they have received a National Magazine Award, a Pulitzer, a Peabody award for electronic media, or other honors, the work in this course offers lessons in reporting and writing for any science writer. Readings may include articles, essays, or books. Included will be guest sessions with prize-winning authors, by video or tape, to discuss how they created their winning work. Readings and guests for each section of this course will be announced, but they might include Pulitzer-winners Diana Sugg, Siddhartha Mukherjee or Natalie Angier, Peabody winner Christopher Joyce, or National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss. Students join in team or individual presentations, with several options for a final writing assignment.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.707.82 - Prize Winners: The Best Writing about Science, Technology, Environment & Health

    $2918

    Kim O'Connell

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    Whether they have received a National Magazine Award, a Pulitzer, a Peabody award for electronic media, or other honors, the work in this course offers lessons in reporting and writing for any science writer. Readings may include articles, essays, or books. Included will be guest sessions with prize-winning authors, by video or tape, to discuss how they created their winning work. Readings and guests for each section of this course will be announced, but they might include Pulitzer-winners Diana Sugg, Siddhartha Mukherjee or Natalie Angier, Peabody winner Christopher Joyce, or National Book Award finalist Lauren Redniss. Students join in team or individual presentations, with several options for a final writing assignment.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

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

    $2918

    Nancy Lord

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    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 should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

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

    $2918

    Adam Marcus

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    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 should complete this course before enrolling in any writing workshop.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.752.81 - Advanced Reporting & Writing in Science

    $2918

    Ronnie Greene

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    This course builds on foundation skills in reporting and writing about science, medicine or technology by expanding into advanced techniques of research, documents, computer analysis, extended interviews and other tools. The course also expands knowledge of longer or more sophisticated forms such as magazine essays, narrative nonfiction and investigative reporting. Students engage in reporting and writing exercises, which may be discussed in group workshops. With advisor permission, this course may be counted as a workshop.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.757.81 - Science Profiles Workshop: Writing About People

    $2918

    Brian Simpson

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    This workshop focuses on writing about people involved in science, medicine, technology or policy. Students analyze models of the form, then report and write profiles of various lengths and purpose, from mini-profiles to quick features to longer in-depth works. The course includes guest speakers who specialize in the research, interviews and writing needed for effective, readable biographical works. This course provides a workshop credit for science writers.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.802.81 - Thesis and Careers in Science Writing

    $2918

    Susan Eisenfeld

    Online 8/29 - 12/17

    This final degree program course involves the creation of a thesis and a final capstone experience that prepares a student for a writing career. Students usually enroll in this course after completing all other cores, workshops and electives. Thesis: Each student’s thesis is created from work in earlier courses. Students revise and refine an individual portfolio that includes creative writing, journalism, multimedia and communication writing. The first draft of a thesis is due in the second week of the thesis term; students spend the term revising that work under the direction of a one-on-one thesis advisor. Capstone: The group experience of the course requires each participant to develop a career plan that includes personal goals such as publication, job applications or career advancement. Other capstone experiences may include attending science writing events or seminars, publication of a course magazine or journal, and discussions of the changing business of writing. The Science Writing Program also may propose an optional mini-residency for thesis students that includes commencement and other onsite experiences at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and Washington. Note: All thesis students should submit a Science Writing Thesis Planning Form at least one month before the course begins. See the Science Writing Program website for more information.

    Thesis Planning Form required in advance; see Science Writing website for more information. Technology Fee: $175.00