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Writing for Health, Nursing and Occupational Therapy

If you are studying health and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

Medical professionals

This discipline prepares students to work as professionals in the health, nursing and occupational therapy sectors. In addition to theoretical coursework in health, administration and patient care, students are trained in the practical application of this knowledge.

To write assignments about health, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to health, nursing and occupational therapy go to this page:

Health Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In health, you will probably write:

  • Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills 
  • Event Recounts, where you write about events in the past and show why they happened
  • Proposals, where you write a plan and make a case for the action you are proposing.

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all health courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the three typical ones above.