One of the goals of this class is to make sure students know how to write a formal, APA
style paper as a foundational skill for this masters program. Therefore, format and style
must be STRICTLY followed to demonstrate that the student has learned how to
determine APA style through the book or web resources and knows how to use this
style appropriately. This especially refers to citing references in the text of the paper and
making an appropriate reference list. This also means students must learn how to find
appropriate sources for a formal, scientific paper. As noted in the content on discussion
participation, you will absolutely NEED TO learn how to search and find appropriate
references using MEDLINE and CINAHL. You will want to explore theory, research and
evidence-based work on your topic, as well as individual, family and community factors
that might be relevant. There will be several resources provided in this class to help
you if you do not have prior experience writing a masters level formal paper.
The following is an overview of the directions refer to the health promotion paper
rubric for full directions/expectations:
1. The paper is to be on a topic that deals with some aspect of health promotion or
prevention for your population of interest (NOT treatment or medical issues, not
behavior of professionals). This should be written at the level of an advanced
practice nurse, so that interventions or other should be described at this level.
2. You are asked to give an overview of this topic with the following sections:
a. Introduction: Introduce the topic and why it is significant and what level of
prevention it addresses along with purpose statement.
b. Background data: Significance of the topic: discuss the epidemiology of
the problem incidence, prevalence, risk factors, outcomes, and data.
c. Identification: Discuss how the problem is identified (screening, diagnostic
issues, questionnaires, etc.)
d. Interventions: Give a brief overview of strategies or interventions for
individuals, families or communities that have been tested, along with any
barriers or things that may interfere with addressing the problem,
supported with evidence-based research.
e. Discuss one of the health behavior change theories or models or
theoretical frameworks that is relevant for how people might change their
behaviors to address your topic and describe how it has been used in the
literature (positive or negative) in addressing your topic.
f. Conclusion: Wrap up the paper topic and discuss what is needed next to
improve the health related to your topic.
3. Use APA format for the entire paper, reference list, and for reference citations
in the text. You must cite the sources for information you put in the paper. You
should have a minimum of 10 relevant references (not counting the
textbooks). References should have been published in the past 5 years. Web
sites should only be used if they provide key information (for example, the CDC
has some statistics on health problems, guidelines from the USPSTF or other
professional source may be cited, etc.).
4. The paper length should have a cover page, 10-12 pages of text (double
spaced), followed by references. The font should be 12 point, and the margins all
around the paper should be 1. Quotes should NOT be used at the graduate
level you should be summarizing the literature and paraphrasing what others
discuss rather than using quotes (rarely a specific definition may be needed and
then provided in quotes).
5. After your references, attach a list of 8-10 community and published resources
for health care professionals and patients. This could include some web sites,
but you must note the specific page that is relevant to your topic (i.e. not just the
cdc.gov web site).
6. Follow the Health Promotion Paper Rubric this is what is used for the
grading criteria.