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Accredited health journalism diploma

Health journalism.

Course summary

Price:
£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
Instalments:
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Tutor:
Dave Griffiths
Requirements:
An interest in health issues. Take our journalism challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
Accreditation:
ABC | EADLABCC | IADL
Qualification:
ABC Awards certificate of achievement | CMP diploma
Awarding body:
ABC awards

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Course overview

A doctor with a stethoscope around his neckOur health journalism course prepares you for a successful career as a staff writer or freelancer within this interesting and wide-ranging specialism.

Health issues are rarely out the news. And print and online publications have a constant need for topical, interesting and professionally-written content on a variety of health-related issues, including:

  • medical research, conditions and treatment
  • diet, fitness and lifestyle
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • health professions and training
  • innovations and developments

The topic of health also intersects with lots of other diverse areas, such as politics, the environment and travel.

Our online health journalism course will equip you with the skills you need to write about the issues that most interest you, even if you are a complete beginner.

We will teach you how to develop relevant article ideas and to identify appropriate markets for your work.

You will also develop key journalism skills, such as record-keeping, covering live events and finding expert sources for your articles.

Our comprehensive online health journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas suitable for a range of health-related publications
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write articles and features on health for digital and print publications
  • apply media law and ethics to the world of health journalism
  • sell your work and get paid

When you graduate, you will receive the respected CMP Charter Mark as well as an accredited diploma.

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Qualification

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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This health journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in health journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified health journalist.

These awards will enable you to apply for health journalism jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.

Subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a health journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to health journalism
  • Examine what the health journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse health magazines, and the health pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit health articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with health journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain health journalism data safely, ethically and legally

 
Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your health skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for health articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your health stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your health stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview health contacts, and people who work with them, in person, online and by phone: everyone from doctors to hospital porters, and patients to researchers 
  • Prepare to interview health VIPs and celebrities
     
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write health articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your health articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your health articles from start to finish
     
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your health journalism activities, especially dealing with hospitals and nursing homes
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of health features: analysis, backgrounders, how-tos, and profiles, and adapt your content to fit different magazine formulas
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use health press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret health and scientific documents and data and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, meetings, conferences, protests and other health events 
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your health copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting health journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the health media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a health journalist

There are plenty of opportunities for professional health journalists to pitch and sell articles to a range of print and multimedia publications.

Our online health journalism course will equip you with the skills you need to become established and find success in this exciting field.

As a health journalist, you could be:

  • investigating the latest health trends, food supplements and diet fads for a consumer magazine
  • reporting on the latest cutting-edge scientific research and breakthroughs for the health section of a local or national newspaper
  • interviewing the world’s leading health, fitness and lifestyle experts for a popular health blog
  • researching and writing informative articles that help people lead healthier lives and manage their medical conditions more effectively

To be successful in this field, you need a good grounding in health concepts, jargon and terminology. You also need to stay up-to-date with the latest health developments.

In addition, you need to find the perfect angle for your article, conduct thorough research and source expert quotes.

Our health journalism course will teach you all these skills and more. It also offers you the chance to develop your writing ability and receive regular, constructive feedback.

Once trained, you will be in a position to approach health editors with articles ideas they will want to publish.

You will also be a desirable candidate for permanent staff positions with leading health publications and websites.

If you want to pursue a satisfying and worthwhile career in this exciting specialism, our comprehensive online health journalism course is the ideal prescription!

CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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Course tutor: Dave Griffiths

Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

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Dave is a freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader with 27 years' experience.

He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

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We'll connect you with the right people

Health journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

Course delivery

You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:

  • download course materials
  • submit assignments
  • use our college libraries and resources
  • chat to other students
  • keep up-to-date with college news

Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for journalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study health journalism

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account
  • a camera and a video recorder. Smartphones or tablets are acceptable​

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