506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation
Reviewing published scientific material and writing reports are vital skills  needed by the epidemiologists or other public
health managers in order to update  their knowledge and share their findings with the other health care personnel.
This unit is divided into 2 parts i.e. critical review of the published articles  and writing reports and short communiqués to
ministry/department of health.
Part 1: Scientific material published in journals, technical reports and print  media are vital sources of information.
However, appropriate utilization of this  information needs the ability to critically evaluate the quality of this  evidence
before adapting it into practice. To develop this skill, this unit  begins with a series of lectures on searching biomedical
literature and critical  reading. This is followed by assignments and group discussions focusing on  critically reading of
published material, while identifying strengths and  weaknesses in methodology, analysis, results, discussion, conclusion and 
presentation styles.
Part 2: In other course units, students will learn to write epidemiological  reports conforming to the requirements of the
peer-reviewed journals and  universities. But in this unit, emphasis will be placed on preparing  academically less rigorous
but clearly written reports for timely feedback of  the results of their investigations to practicing health professionals and
the  public; in addition to the routine communication with other departments. As  Arabic is the official language of Saudi
Arabia, residents will also be tutored  in writing such reports and communiqués in Arabic for Ministry/Department of 

At the end of this course unit residents should be able to
develop the skill in conducting biomedical literature review
develop the skills in critically reviewing epidemiological articles published in  scientific journals
develop the skills for writing reports and communiqués to the Ministry/  Department of Health in Arabic

Course Outline:
Searching biomedical literature
Principles of critical reading of biomedical literature with special focus on  epidemiological literature
Styles of writing to and for Governmental organizations, in Arabic

Teaching Strategy:
For part 1, teaching will include a small series of lectures followed by skill  development assignments and group discussion.
For part 2, residents will be  assigned to write Arabic reports/letters to Ministry/Department of Health, in  relation to their
study projects and field assignments.

Course Assessment:
The unit will contribute 300 marks to the final evaluation. The distribution of  marks will be
Part 1 (50%=150 marks) It will be based on assignments of critical review  submitted by residents and their participation in
group discussion, as evaluated by unit coordinator.
Part 2 (50%=150 marks): Arabic report/letters to Ministry/Department of Health  for two of the projects conducted by the
Field Epidemiology Training Program
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