Master of Health Studies (MHST) 611

Dissemination Strategies


Delivery Mode: Paced/home-study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Applied Studies

Prerequisite: For MHS Students:  MHST 601MHST 603
For MN-Gen Students:  NURS 608NURS 603

Centre: Centre for Nursing and Health Studies


Health professionals possess a wealth of information and experience. In this course, students will learn to use a variety of dissemination strategies designed to share knowledge and experience. Students will write an article designed for scholarly publication, develop a poster presentation, and complete a lay audience presentation.

Course Goals

To assist the student to be able to:

  1. Identify the requirements of refereed scholarly publication;
  2. Write an article suitable for a refereed scholarly publication;
  3. Develop a poster slide presentation;
  4. Write an article appropriate to a lay audience;
  5. Identify additional dissemination opportunities; and
  6. Develop skills as a reviewer.

Course Materials

There is no print textbook for this course. All learning resources are available online. Scholarly articles and chapters from e-texts are available from the Athabasca University (AU) online library. Other online resources including videos and other multi-media resources are included in the course and available without cost. Most of the learning resources used in the course are Open Educational Resources (OER).

Technical Requirements

Computer System

In order to successfully complete this course, you must own or have ready access to certain computer hardware and software programs. For complete and up-to-date information on the minimum computer requirements required to complete the graduate nursing courses, visit the Centre for Nursing and Health Studies technical site.

Course Outline

MHST/NURS 611 comprises the following seven units:

  • Unit 1: Orientation and Introduction
  • Unit 2: Identifying Potential Target Journals
  • Unit 3: Developing an Article Outline
  • Unit 4: Writing the Article
  • Unit 5: Poster Presentation
  • Unit 6: Writing for a Lay Audience
  • Unit 7: Wrap-up and Evaluation

Assessment Structure

In the MHS and MN:Gen programs, students must achieve an overall program GPA of 2.7 ( B- or 70 percent), to graduate. The minimum passing grade requirement for each MHS and MN:Gen course is C- (60 percent).

The following course activities will contribute to your course grade, with the percentage weighting of each activity as follows:

Assignment 1: Identification of Target Refereed Journal 5%
Assignment 2: Article Outline 10%
Assignment 3: Written article (Submission)
Assignment 4: Written article (Resubmission) 15%
Assignment 5: Poster Presentation 15%
Assignment 6: Presentation for a Lay Audience 15%
Assignment 7: Providing Feedback/review 15%
Total 100%

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.