Online Program

How to write an introduction section

Saturday, November 2, 2013 : 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Michael D. Kogan, PhD, Office of Epidemiology and Research, HRSA / Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Rockville, MD
In this part of the course, Dr. Kogan will spend the first 30 minutes of the time allotted going over what should be in the introduction section of a paper. He will talk about the problem statement, the background information, highlighting the literature, where is the knowledge gap, and the study hypotheses. Examples for every step will be provided. The second part of this section will involve the class working on the introductions to their papers while Drs. Kogan and Posner work with each class member. They will be assisted by a number of senior authors who will serve as 'writing SWAT team' members to work with the class during this time.

Learning Areas:

Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Design an introduction section for their manuscripts. Explain the components of an introduction section.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Michael Kogan is Director of the Epidemiology and Research Program for the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. He serves on the editorial board of the Maternal and Child Health Journal and has served for the American Journal of Public Health. He has been a special editor for Pediatrics. He has published over 100 articles and book chapters on numerous topics in pediatric and perinatal epidemiology. He received his doctorate in epidemiology from Yale University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.