Scholarly Paper

Participation in the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health requires writing a scholarly paper which brings together elements from the core courses. The paper gives students an opportunity to delve more deeply into an area of personal interest and to learn about the background and current approaches to solving a community health issue. The topic that you choose can (but does not have to) be related to your Community Health Assessment course topic and community group. It is up to you to decide. Most importantly, your topic should be one that interests you. If you are planning to pursue the Original Research Track, then this paper can serve as the foundation for a Medical Scholars proposal.

Overview of paper sections:

  • Executive summary (1 page)
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Synthesis of major themes (as opposed to a summation of articles)
    • A table of themes may be made for clarification and attached as an appendix
  • Next steps and current gaps
  • Conclusion and recommendations

Nuts and Bolts:

  • 15-20 pages in length
  • New Times Roman, 12 point font, 1-inch margins on each side
  • Minimum of 15 peer reviewed article or book citations (may use web-based references in addition as needed)
  • Topics are due at the end of Winter Quarter to Dr. Lisa Chamberlain
  • All papers are due by the end of the Summer Quarter
  • Sample Paper 1
    Sample Paper 2


  • Faculty members will review and score each submission. Any paper receiving less than 80% will be returned for revision and resubmission
  • Once the paper is successfully submitted students will present the findings to peers and faculty, accompanied by the Executive summary (1 page), at one of the following forums:
    • Translating Discoveries (TD) Series (April or October sessions)
    • Fall Forum on Community Health and Public Service (October)

Following the presentation, the peers and faculty in attendance will be providing you with written anonymous feedback on your presentation topic and style.

Original Research Project