Scholar Practitioner Project: Letter to the Editor

Scholar Practitioner Project: Letter to the Editor



Imagine that you are the director of a local health department. To disseminate important information about your public health issue and to underline the need for policy and advocacy efforts, you decide to write a letter to the editor of a journal specific to your topic.

Aptly titled, “Letters to the Editor,” these journal sections provide multidisciplinary professionals the opportunity to increase awareness and influence opinion in support of or opposition to other studies and articles that have been featured in the journal. For this part of your Scholar Practitioner Project, you compose a letter to a journal of your choosing. The purpose is to communicate public health science to diverse stakeholders, including individuals at all levels of health literacy, for purposes of influencing behavior and policies.

To Prepare

Review the module Learning Resources, particularly the document Writing Effective Letters to the Editor: A Primer.

Review Chapter 20 of the Bhattacharya text, carefully following the guidelines for writing a letter to the editor.

  • Conduct research to locate five scholarly, peer-reviewed resources (no more than 5 years old) from the Walden Library to support your letter.

Conduct research to determine which scholarly journal aligns to the issue you selected for your Scholar Practitioner Project.

  • Scholar Practitioner Project – Letter to the Editor
    There is no assessment template provided for this part of the SPP. Instead use the document Writing Effective Letters to the Editor: A Primer provided in the Learning Resources to guide you in completing your Letter to the Editor.
    Write an approximately 300-word letter to the editor that addresses the following:
  • Identify the scholarly journal for which you would submit your letter.

State your position and highlight its novelty.

  • Critique the merits of the public health issue.
  • Provide recommendations for addressing the public health issue.