Publishing & Presenting Research

EPI 212 Spring 2021 (1 unit)
Course Director: Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Design and execution are the first steps of a research project; publishing and disseminating the results are its culmination. The class will introduce all aspects of health research-related writing and communication in the modern age. We will focus on traditional forms of dissemination (i.e., abstracts, posters, presentations and publications) as well as emerging formats. This course is designed to introduce students to the core knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Prepare research abstracts for competitive submission to scientific meetings as well as for full-length research manuscripts;
  • Create concise, effective, and engaging oral and poster research presentations for scientific conferences;
  • Develop the critical content and structure of the introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections of a research manuscript;
  • Present research data effectively in table and graphic form in order to highlight the most important findings of their research;
  • Navigate the manuscript submission and review process, both internally with co-authors and externally with a journal; and
  • Develop strategies for writing about science for public audiences via press releases, opinion/editorial pieces, podcasts, Twitter, blogs, Substack, and one's own website.


Course Director:

Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH

Instructor: Alyson Haslam, PhD

Every other Tuesday (3:15 to 4:45 PM, beginning on April 6), the course will gather for 90 minutes in which the first segment (no more than 30 minutes) will be a real-time structured overview of the session's content. The following 60 minutes will feature interactive discussion with specific examples and ample time for questions. Several sessions will be accompanied by prerecorded lectures to be watched before-hand to maximize interaction during the in-person time. Homework writing assignments will allow for application of the curriculum to each student's work.

The syllabus for the quarter shows dates and times for all activities.


Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research by Warren Browner. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 3rd edition. 2012.

Note: The 2nd edition of the Publishing and Presenting Clinical Research by Warren Browner is available for free on Google Books.

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

Other than the textbook, all other course materials and handouts will be posted on the course's syllabus.


Grades (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory ONLY) will be based on 3 writing assignments: a) an abstract; b) an introduction to a manuscript; and c) a figure or table with accompanying caption (which can be aimed for traditional publication or social media). Please note that late assignments are not accepted.

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


In Spring 2021, this course is limited to scholars in the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program. We regret that auditing in the classroom is not permitted, but most of the course materials (with the exception of videotapes, answer keys, examinations, and copyrighted documents) are freely available (without formal enrollment) on the course’s online syllabus. Many students can glean the majority of the course’s content from this free access, but, importantly, formal enrollment also provides access to faculty for questions and individual-level extension of the curriculum, a community of other engaged students for in-person real-time discussion, and personalized correction and feedback on homework and projects.