Continuing Education

Center for Workplace Development (CWD)

Promotes the lifelong health and well being of those in the Harvard community through services such as individual health education, courses, and workplace massage.

The CWD hosts the Harvard Bridge Program, which offers a range of courses from academic writing, to communication, computer skills, and English for Speakers of Other Languages.

English Language Courses

Due to declining interest, the Harvard Extension School is no longer offering the Institute for English Language (IEL) Programs. They were offered most recently in the 2013-14 academic year. Alternative English language courses may be found at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE).

One-on-one ESL instruction focused on spontaneous professional speaking is also offered by Paula Levine ( If interested, please contact Paula directly at

Writing Courses

Donald Halstead (instructor and Director of Writing Programs ) of the Office of Education at the Harvard Chan SPH teaches 3 courses on writing and publishing research in high-impact peer reviewed journals. Two of these scientific writing course are limited to postdocs and research associates. They meet once a week for two hours, for 7-8 weeks: one is offered in Fall 2 (currently scheduled for Tuesdays, 10.30-12.30, October 27-December 15). The other will be offered in Spring 2. The other scientific writing course he teaches is a Winter Session course open to all at HSPH (and some from HMS). For 2015-16, it is scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12.30-3:30, January 5-21, 2016.

These 3 courses combine, lecture, exercises, and peer review. Their content and goals are very similar, and participants are expected to have a writing project they are working on. 

The course objectives are:

1.   Write up research and a variety of public health texts as critical arguments
2.   Revise and edit public health texts (e.g., original research, grant proposals) so they are clear, coherent, cohesive, concise, reader-centric, and have impact)
3.   Constructively critique writing style and evidence-based arguments
4.   Visually communicate key findings using data-rich tables and figures
5.   Write ethically and avoid plagiarism
6.   Use scientific writing conventions appropriately (e.g., active/passive voice, verb tenses)
7.   Strategically choose journals for publication 

None of these courses are for credit. 

Those who are interested in registering for any of these courses should contact the instructor, Donald Halstead (

The postdoc NIH grant-writing course is modeled on the faculty course and is now open to research associates. The course comprises four 3-hour sessions that focus on Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach. This is a very intensive, peer review course for those who already writing NIH grants. Each participant is also appointed as the reviewer of another's work. 

 The course goals are to: 

    1. Provide postdocs with a hands-on, highly interactive environment in which to develop specific components of the NIH grant application
    2. Improve the competitiveness of HSPH postdocs and research associates in obtaining NIH research grants

This is the second year he has taught the course.  Right now, it is only offered once a year, in the fall.