Online Program

How to write an introduction section

Saturday, October 31, 2015 : 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
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:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: N/A

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: : I have taught this course in various venues, including the last 2 APHA LIs, and received very positive feedback from students. I'm the Director of Epidemiology and Research at the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau. I've published over 120 peer-reviewed publications. I've served on the editorial boards of AJPH and the Maternal and Child Health Journal (MCHJ). I've served as a special editor for Pediatrics and MCHJ.
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.