George Washington University Musculoskeletal Migrant Health & Injuries Journal Entries

A journal entry will be due each week (10 entries in all). Each entry (written in first person as a personal experience) will be a summary of one mainstream press article, public health peer review journal article (e.g., Lancet), or organization newsletter article found on the Global Health NOW. Students are required to subscribe to the free service. GHNow provides up to date mainstream press, organizational newsletters, and journal articles daily but also has a search engine for articles published over the past year. Your article must come from the GHNow newsfeed or its archive. If you can’t properly document that it came from GHNow or its archive, you will receive 0 points for the assignment.

Examples of mainstream press sources: The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Hindustan Times, Newsweek, Deutsche Welle, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Nigeria Health Watch, The Guardian, US News & World Report, The Atlantic, Science, South China Morning Post, IRIN, VOX, Wired, The Daily Grind, or online sources, e.g. Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, BBC, NPR, ABC, CBC Public Radio International. Wikipedia is not mainstream press source.

Articles chosen can be as recent as the week of the class, a month old, or any time after January 1, 2015. Articles should be at least 400 words long and include evidence-based data, e.g., population data (demographic/household and/or health behavior data; health outcomes) and/or baseline-end line program data. This holds especially true for organizational newsletters. Articles without evidence-based information are not acceptable, and the journal entry will receive a zero score.

Each article should be about a topic being covered in class the week or on the Monday it is due. See the schedule in the syllabus for topics and dates. For instance, the journal entry due on February 10 should be on an article found from the Global Health NOW about cardiovascular diseases. Each article cannot be the same article chosen for the Mainstream Article Brief assignment.

Articles must be global in intent. That is, if possible, it can’t only be about the United States or just about high-income countries but must link data and information with what is going on in middle- and lower-income countries.

Each journal entry is worth up to 5 points for a total of up to 50 points. Students will upload entries onto Blackboard. Only the professor will review the entry. Entries are due no later than 4:30pm on Mondays.

Each journal entry must be at 400-500 words (include a word count at the end of the entry). The entry must be in paragraph form (no bullets), in your own words and focus on how you connected with the topic and article you read. You may address questions such as what you learned from this chapter, what challenged your knowledge/belief system, what may have surprised you, what inspired you, how you connect to the material based on your own life experiences, how you want to use the information in your life, ideas you may have on addressing the issues, etc. You can briefly quote the article to emphasize your reflection, but don’t simply repeat the facts that appear in the article.

In addition to the above, you must:

  1. Submit your journal entry with a nicely organized cover page that states “ Journal Entry”; the date of the Global Health NOW newsfeed that the article is from (if it is recent); the title, author, source and date of the article; your name, date, and 406 001
  2. Please include on the uploaded entry a copy of the article your read, not the weblink.

Scoring rubric:




Well written (grammar, spelling); follows all guidelines above


Some writing errors; follows all guidelines above


Well written; follows most of the guidelines above


Follows some of the guidelines above


Follows few of the guidelines above


Article contains no evidence-based data

Article does not come from GHNow newsfeed or its archive

Thank you.


1. Other NCDs

Musculoskeletal, neurological (epilepsy, Parkinson), dental, eye health

2. Disabilities

Vision, hearing loss; physical and cognitive disabilities

3. Aging

Dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, poverty, abuse

4. Violence

Self-harm; interpersonal violence; collective violence

5. Migrant health, refugees, human trafficking, natural disasters and humanitarian crises

Migrant/refugee health, discrimination, impact on health services

6. Injuries

Traffic injuries, fires, poisoning, drownings

7. Climate change and the environment

Water, air, soil pollution; climate change impact on livelihoods and health

8. Health Care work force; program and technical innovations