Field Epidemiology Training Program
Preventive Medicine Department, Ministry of Health, Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation
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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  Health.

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
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
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

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 resident.
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Layout
501 FETP: Principles of Epidemiology 502 FETP: Bio-statistics 503 FETP: Epidemiologic Application of Microcomputers 504 FETP: Infectious Disease Epidemiology 505 FETP: Chronic Disease Epidemiology 506 FETP: Scientific Writing and Report Preparation 507 FETP: Public Health Programs 508 FETP: Seminars in Epidemiology I 509 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy II 510 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy III
Diploma in Field Epidemiology (DFE) Course Unit
511 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy IV 512 FETP: Seminar in Epidemilogy V 513 FETP: Epidimiology Practice I 514 FETP: Epidimiology Practice II 515 FETP: Epidimiology Practice III 516 FETP: Epidimiology Practice IV 517 FETP: Epidimiology Practice V 518 FETP: Outbreak Investigations I 519 FETP: Outbreak Investigations II 520 FETP: Outbreak Investigations III
521 FETP: Outbreak Investigations IV 522 FETP: Surveillance Systems I 523 FETP: Surveillance Systems II 524 FETP: Surveillance Systems III 525 FETP: Surveillance Systems IV 526 FETP: Long Term Project 527 FETP: Scientific Presentations II 528 FETP: Scientific Presentations I 529 FETP: Training Activities I 530 FETP: Training Activities II