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Are you a current or prospective teacher of science writing? The NASW education committee is here to help — and we also welcome your help. If you need to prepare a new syllabus or polish an existing one, browse the posted examples for ideas. We also invite you to share your syllabus or textbook list with fellow NASW members via this site. Please send it as a Microsoft Word file to Czerne Reid at czreid@nasw.org.

Course Name: Medical Journalism doc pdf
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Instructor: Tom Linden, distinguished professor; director, medical and science journalism program
Audience: Doctoral and master's level students and upper division undergraduates interested in the craft and art of medical journalism

Course Name: Health and Science Journalism doc pdf
Institution: Mount Holyoke College, Brandeis University
Instructor: Alison Bass, Visiting Senior Lecturer, Lecturer in Journalism
Audience: Journalism minors and science majors interested in learning how to communicate with the general public about science and medicine

Course Name: Introduction to Science Writing doc pdf
Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Instructor: Rob Irion, Senior Lecturer, Director, Science Communication Program
Audience: Juniors and seniors majoring in physical/biological sciences

Course Name: Communication, Environment, Science & Health doc pdf
Institution: Cornell University
Instructor: Bruce Lewenstein, professor
Audience: designed as a sophomore course, but also taken by more advanced students who major in biological and physical sciences, science and society and communications

Course Name: Public Communication of Science & Technology doc pdf
Institution: Cornell University
Instructor: Bruce Lewenstein, professor
Audience: Mostly seniors, with a few juniors and graduate students who major in communication, biology and society, or science and technology studies

Course Name: Science Writing for Mass Media doc pdf
Institution: Cornell University
Instructor: Bruce Lewenstein, professor
Audience: Mainly juniors and seniors in the natural sciences

Course Name: Writing in Biology: Science in the News doc pdf
Institution: Washington State University, Vancouver
Instructor: Stephani Sutherland, adjunct faculty and academic coordinator, science programs
Audience: Biology majors, typically juniors and seniors

Very useful information - many thanks to the education committee!

Very valuable info for science journalists doubling up as academics.

Glad this is helpful!