Medical Communication & Journalism

PROGRAM DURATION

6 - 8 Months (Self Paced)
Maximum Allowed Duration: 24 Months
Expected Effort: 10-15 hours/week

Advanced PG Diploma in Scientific Writing & Medical Journalism

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

15 NOV

2019

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INTRODUCTION

Why study this program?


Introduction

The term medical writing encompasses scientific writing and medical journalism. Science and technology have undergone staggering transformations in today's world as it is said that today's fiction is tomorrow's reality. Scientific writing and medical journalism, an interdisciplinary field, is geared in large part to bridge the gap between scientific community and the general public by applying knowledge of both science and rhetoric to enhance readers understanding of scientific phenomena. Scientific writing and journalism are different from other types of professional writing because it incorporates good deal of medical knowledge, methods, and terminology from variety of fields.

A career in scientific writing and medical journalism is interesting and offers lucrative and myriad opportunities for employment. For those who find health related topics interesting and have a taste for communication, for them scientific writing and medical journalism can be rewarding and fascinating career path. These fields span a wide range, at one end of spectrum are relatively simple task as poof reading, checking for the accuracy of references, at the other end are the critical and challenging work as grant writing, directing a corporate publication department, designing and managing new periodicals, writing medical books etc.

The Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Scientific Writing and Medical Journalism is designed to provide high level of understanding of core writing and analytical skills which are needed to articulate complex, scientific material to scientist, clinician and public oriented communities. Our modules explain the objectives of scientific writing and medical journalism and its application in media, which help professionals to develop strong grounding in scientific writing skills and journalistic skills. We focus on the practical aspects of journalism, learning and writing which will help professionals to emerge from the course multi-skilled to face the demands of the continually changing industry.

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

What will be taught?


Program Structure

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.

ASSESSMENT

How will I be assessed?


Assessment

Course assessment involves online multiple choice questions for each lecture, followed by assignments for each study module.


Overall academic performance in the program is measured on a 4 point Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) scale. More information about this is available here: Evaluation System

ELIGIBILITY

Am I eligible?


Eligibility

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.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

What support will I receive?


Academic Support

Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the e-Campus to discuss any coursework related issues.


Each student enrolled in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Scientific Writing & Medical Journalism Course (APGDSW-MJ) is also assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the industry. Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.


MORE INSIGHT

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.


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