6 - 8 Months (Self Paced)
Maximum Allowed Duration: 24 Months
Expected Effort: 10-15 hours/week
This online program is designed to provide you a high level training of key writing and analytical skills which are required to communicate complicated, scientific information to researchers, physicians and general public.
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
Next Commencement Date
Why study this program?
'Today's fiction is tomorrows reality'
Scientific writing and medical journalism are considered to be interdisciplinary areas and in today's times when science and technology are transforming our lives every day, both scientific writing and medical journalism help to connect the scientific community and the general public.
For people who find health related topics fascinating and appreciate communication, a career in scientific writing and medical journalism can be very exciting and rewarding. Both scientific writers and medical journalists perform a number of activities ranging from simple proofreading to reference checks to more complex tasks such as creating & managing new journals, managing corporate publications, writing reviewing books on scientific topics etc.
This online scientific writing and medical journalism training program is designed to provide a high level training of key writing and analytical skills which are required to communicate complicated, scientific information to researchers, physicians and the general public. The training covers the applications of scientific writing in mass media, which enable professionals to develop strong writing and journalistic skills.
What will be taught?
MODULE 01: GENERAL INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL RESEARCH
MODULE 02: BASICS OF GOOD MEDICAL WRITING
MODULE 03: COMPUTER SKILLS
MODULE 04: OVERVIEW OF THE REGULATORY, MARKETING, AND DRUG PROMOTION PROCESSES
MODULE 05: COMMON TECHNICAL DOCUMENT
MODULE 06: PROTOCOL, INVESTIGATOR’s BROCHURE & CASE REPORT FORMS
MODULE 07: CLINICAL STUDY REPORT
MODULE 08: SENTENCE CONTROL
MODULE 09: WRITING FLOW AND COHESIVENESS
MODULE 10: PUBLICATION WRITING
MODULE 11: DOCUMENTS IN MEDICO-MARKETING
MODULE 12: MANAGING THE REVIEW PROCESS
MODULE 13: INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL JOURNALISM
MODULE 14: BARRIERS, FACTS AND FICTION IN MEDICAL JOURNALISM
MODULE 15: OBSERVATION, EVIDENCE, INTERPRETATIONS AND PERSUASION
MODULE 16: COMMON ERRORS IN MEDICAL REPORTING
MODULE 17: CRITICAL MEDICAL JOURNALISM AND CHALLENGING ISSUES
MODULE 18: USE OF TECHNOLOGY AND MAKING EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION
MODULE 19: PUBLISHING PAPERS IN JOURNALS/PUBLICATION WRITING
MODULE 20: PREPARATION OF THESIS/DISSERTATION
TOTAL CREDITS: 32
MODE OF STUDY: ONLINE
The curriculum for the program - Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Scientific Writing & Medical Journalism (APGDSW-MJ) is extensive and has been developed and evaluated by experienced scientific writing professionals. This program is suitable both for new graduates and for working professionals who either wish to grow further in their scientific writing career, or those who wish to make a move to scientific writing / medical journalism from any other related sector.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the faculty based on the following criteria:
One is the completion of the online multiple choice question tests that follow each lesson; and second is the timely submission of assignments for each study module within the JLI e-Campus.
Your academic performance in the program will be assessed on a 4 point GPA scale. More details about our evaluation system is available in the following link: Evaluation System
Am I eligible?
The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Scientific Writing & Medical Journalism (APGDSW-MJ) would include either of the following:
- Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc
- Any degree in Medicine such as MBBS, BDS, BPT, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS etc
- Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
- Any degree in Nursing / Allied Health.
- Any degree in English Language
- Any degree in Journalism
- Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.
Candidates without any science background or candidates with some work experience in writing / clinical research / allied areas may also be eligible for this program. Please check with our counsellors for more information.
What support will I receive?
As a student you can interact online with the faculty members and fellow students to network and to discuss important topics via your e-Campus. The faculty promptly answers all questions related to the study in the Online Campus Tutoring Center (OCTC).
Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.
In addition, each participant registered in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Scientific Writing & Medical Journalism course is provided with a mentor who is an experienced scientific writer. The mentor can be contacted at any time via email or phone.
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This combination program of Scientific Writing and Medical Journalism is a unique program that opens up a number of career opportunities in the area of scientific writing as well as medical journalism. As a scientific writer you can explore multiple career opportunities with pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations, medical communications companies, healthcare websites, journals, magazines etc. In addition to working as a full time writer you can also explore freelance medical writing opportunities. Career opportunities as a medical journalist can be explored with major newspapers, magazines, television production companies, radio networks etc.
A common characteristic among most medical journalists is a love for writing and special interest in medicine and science. The best preparation to be any kind of journalist—is to read different types of work with keenly and to practice to write. An understanding of medical science is what separates medical journalists from general assignment reporters.