Advanced Grant Writing Workshop

EPI 259 Spring 2017 (3 units)
Course Director: Judy Hahn, PhD, MA
Associate Professor
Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics


This course is designed to support students as they work to complete their training grant applications. At the time of entry into this course, students will have learned the basics of developing their research question into their specific aims in earlier grant writing courses. In this course, students complete the bulk of their writing and preparing all of the grant components so that the grant is ready for submission by the end of the term.


Specific aims should be completed before entering the course. This course will be most appropriate for students with a good start on most of the rest of their grant components as well. The course is best suited for students studying epidemiology, clinical research, public health, or research methodology, and it will also benefit medical, nursing, dental and other professional school students. Students are expected to work closely with their own advisors to ensure the rigor of their science.

Course Directors:

Judy Hahn, PhD, MA
Phone: 415-476-5815


Amy Conroy, PhD
Phone: 415-476-6021


Course content will be delivered via weekly interactive discussions.  These will take place on Mondays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, April 3 to June 5.

Students will present their completed components, and the class will evaluate and discuss the components.  Sample components and instructional information is provided to assist students in their preparation.  

All course materials will be posted on the course's online syllabus.



The Grant Application Writers’ Workbook, Grant Writers, Russell SW, Morrison DC. Seminars and Workshops, LLC. 2010
Available on reserve at the Parnassus library: R853.C55 D47 2007

Designing Clinical Research, Hulley et al., Wolters Kluwer. 2013. Available on reserve at the Parnassus library: R853.C55 D47 2013

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

Additional course references

AMA-Style Citations and References. American Journal of Public Health, April 12, 2012.  

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

Research Proposals: A Guide to Success. Odgen TE, Goldberge IA. Third Edition. Elsevier. 2002.

The Complete Writing Guide to NIH Behavioral Science Grants. Scheier LM, Dewey WL. Ed:. Oxford University Press. 2008.


Student grades will be based on:

  • Class participation (25%)
  • Presentation of key components and moderation of discussion of components in class (50%)
  • Final completed application (25%)

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


Course enrollment is very limited. Preference is given to students in the Global Health Science PhD Program, 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. Please see our fees page for cost information. The deadline for application is March 17, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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