Building Capacity for Women’s Health


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Ella August, Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (School of Public Health)
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The Building Capacity for Women’s Health program supports faculty and researchers in low-income countries who work in the area of women’s health.

This Faculty-Led Program provides training to graduate students on becoming an effective peer reviewer. Students who complete the training will provide follow-up support writing support to faculty and researchers in low-income countries who have undergone initial training on scientific writing and publishing. 

Requirements to participate in the training:

  • You must be a doctoral level student or MPH student in public health or other related discipline
  • You must have some scientific journal article writing experience

Requirements to become a peer reviewer for Building Capacity for Women’s Health:

  • You must attend a short orientation and a separate one-day training session
  • You must agree to review at least one scientific manuscript after you complete training
  • You must agree to protect confidentiality of the material that you review 

For more information, contact Ella August at

Workshop Instructor

Ella August, PhD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Dr. August has nearly two decades of experience in research, and has been teaching scientific writing for over a decade. She specializes in helping STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) faculty, scientists and students to effectively and persuasively communicate scientific ideas. Her teaching approach encourages writers to reflect on the connection between their discipline’s values and modes of communication, and to consider how these forces shape writing in their field. She teaches publication, writing and critical thinking courses and workshops internationally and domestically.