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

    $3035

    Kim O'Connell

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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 Special Notes: Departmental approval and a writing sample are required to take this course as an elective. The writing sample should be work written for a general audience, such as a personal essay, journalistic article, op-ed, or blog post, rather than technical or academic writing. Interested students should contact Science Writing program coordinator Melissa Hendricks at mhendri1@jhu.edu.

    491.658.82 - Techniques of Science-Medical Writing

    $3035

    Emily Mullin

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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 Special Notes: Departmental approval and a writing sample are required to take this course as an elective. The writing sample should be work written for a general audience, such as a personal essay, journalistic article, op-ed, or blog post, rather than technical or academic writing. Interested students should contact Science Writing program coordinator Melissa Hendricks at mhendri1@jhu.edu.

    491.680.81 - Writing the Tech Story Workshop

    $3035

    Melissa Joyce

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    As an increasing presence in our lives, technology is much more than cell phones, tablets, or other gadgets. Technology reaches into medicine, transportation, culture, agriculture, climate change, relationships, and many other fields. Writers who can explain technology and its ramifications in clear, engaging prose provide a valuable service and will also find a growing market for their work. This workshop course explores the reporting and writing techniques used to produce compelling stories about technology, its inventors, and its consumers. Students first analyze outstanding examples of technology writing on a range of subjects, forms, and styles, from hard news to creative nonfiction. They then submit their own writing about technology for standard workshop discussion. Special topics include making technology interesting to the non-geek and avoiding a tendency to sound promotional about consumer goods. Guest speakers who specialize in technology writing will discuss how to attract readers and find work in the field. This course counts as a workshop for degree or certificate requirements.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

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

    $3035

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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 - Prizewinners: The Best Writing about Science, Technology, Environment & Health

    $3035

    Jamie Zvirzdin

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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

    $3035

    Laura McClellan

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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

    491.757.81 - Science Profiles Workshop: Writing About People

    $3035

    Brian Simpson

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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. Prerequisite: 491.658.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.758.81 - Current Issues in Science Writing

    $3035

    Ronnie Greene

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    This innovative elective course focuses on the latest research, issues and challenges in writing about or covering developments in science, medicine, or technology. Topics will vary based on breaking news, research, and changing developments, but they could include climate change, space exploration, digital privacy, or GMOs. The course features interaction with cutting-edge researchers and the journalists who cover them. Each student creates a final writing project on a contemporary issue, with the goal of preparing writers and editors for the fast-paced intersection of today’s science and journalism.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.802.81 - Thesis and Careers in Science Writing

    $3035

    Susan Eisenfeld

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.802.82 - Thesis and Careers in Science Writing

    $3035

    Laura McClellan

    Online 8/28 - 12/16

    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.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    491.807.81 - Independent Study in Science Writing

    $3035

    Adam Cole

    Online 8/28 - 12/21

    An independent study is reserved for science writing students who have special interests not covered in the program’s curriculum. Most independent studies involve a student working one-on-one with a faculty member or other writer or editor. Students should submit an Independent Study proposal at least 60 days before the start of any term. The proposal must include work equivalent to a full-semester, graduate-level course; interested students should consult their advisor well in advance. Only students who have completed four courses or more are eligible to propose an independent study, and only a limited number are approved each year. The tuition for an independent study is the regular, single-course rate for the term in question. With advisor approval, this course counts as an elective or workshop. For more information, see the Science Writing Program website.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

  • Online Courses (Cross-Listed)

    410.665.81 - Bioscience Communication

    $4196

    Manojit Basu

    Online 6:00 - 8:45; 8/28 - 12/16

    Researchers must communicate effectively so their discoveries can be shared with others. In this course, students learn how to communicate their ideas to other researchers, their scientific peers, and investment communities. Students master both written and verbal communication skills, hone their expertise at making both formal and informal oral presentations, prepare poster presentations, and develop their own public speaking strategies. The course also presents personal strategies for improving daily communications, cross-cultural communications, and nonverbal skills. Students improve their written communication, editing, and informal writing skills. Participants also learn effective email strategies for getting their message across and learn how effective writing can improve their chances of getting grant applications approved. Class assignments include preparation of scientific papers, general science writing, oral presentations, PowerPoint presentations, and scientific posters.

    Technology Fee: $175.00