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Writing in Health and Medicine is a writing workshop course that introduces students to the conventions and genres used in health and medicine. Research will be focused on health-related issues and students will develop their own projects over the course of the semester. They will practice writing proposals and grants in addition to discussing research-based arguments. Though this course is catered towards those interested in health and medicine, it will help anyone improve their basic writing skills.

In addition to writing and researching skills, students can expect to:

  • Employ conventions, genres, and rhetoric practiced in health and medicine
  • Conduct research using a variety of methods, databases, and sources
  • Discuss and present research-based arguments and information
  • Review and revise one’s own work and assist others in revising their work

Related Majors

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry

105i Spotlight: Taha Lodhi

Taha Lodhi is a biology major and chemical and medical anthropology minor. He said his English 105i class helped understand “just how important or integral English is to other fields,” especially in science and medicine. 

The class consisted of a few units: reviewing a popular science article, writing and recording a podcast, and preparing for internship applications. Taha enjoyed the first project most. He wrote about how the role of telomeres in reproduction could be linked to cancer. “It was very interesting to try and break down more complicated science and sort of explain it in a way that the general public would easily be able to understand,” he said. 

The last unit – preparing for internship applications – also helped Taha. “I applied for an internship at the NIH and I was accepted at the NINDS, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, where I worked on cerebral malaria,” he said. Now Taha has an internship with the KATO Lab at UNC where he works “on research on the auditory cortex of the brain.”

“I really enjoyed my 105i class,” Taha said. He thought it was good practice in writing and found all the feedback he received helpful. To students wondering which ENGL 105 to take, Taha suggests “finding your interests…or, if you’re not sure, just taking a random 105i class and see if that works for you.