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 EPI 258

Grant Writing Workshop
EPI 258 Winter 2018 (3 units)

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine


The goal of this course is to clarify early investigators’ research and career goals and to learn the components of NIH training grants. By the end of the quarter, students will have developed and written a clear set of research specific aims and drafted significance approach and training sections. Assignments will include writing, reviewing, and completing activities towards the completion of a final grant application.


Basic epidemiology. Some background in research is preferable. Publications are also preferable.


Course Directors: Judy Hahn, PhD, MA
Phone: 415-476-5815
email: judy.hahn@ucsf.edu

Amy Conroy, PhD
Phone: 415-476-6021
email: amy.conroy@ucsf.edu


The lecture/discussion and case exercises format will be used. Each class will include required reading material as well as supplemental reading that have been chosen to augment the required reading. Sessions will take place on Mondays, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, Jan. 8 to Mar. 19.


The Grant Application Writers’ Workbook by S.W. Russell and D.C. Morrison. Seminars and Workshops, LLC. 2010. Available on reserve at the Parnassus library: R853.C55 D47 2007

AMA-Style Citations and References. American Journal of Public Health.  

Writing Clinical Research Protocols: Ethical Considerations by E. Dorenzo and J. Moss. Elsevier Academic Press. 2006.

Research Proposals: A Guide to Success by T.E. Odgen and I.A. Goldberge. Third Edition. Elsevier. 2002.

The Complete Writing Guide to NIH Behavioral Science Grants by L.M. Scheier and W.L. Dewey. Oxford University Press. 2008.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).


Assignments during the course will include writing and revising the following sections: (1) specific aims, (2) applicant’s training plan,  and (3) applicant’s qualifications.  Assignments will also include readings, conducting peer reviews of classmates’ specific aims and training plans, and communicating with sponsors and program officials.

Student grades will be based on:

  • Completion and quality of assignments (80%)
  • Class participation (20%)

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


EPI 258 is very limited in enrollment. Preference is given to students in the Epidemiology and Translational Science PhD Program and the Training in Clinical Research Program.

To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Course fees are covered by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The deadline for application is December 22, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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