What we look for:

Intervene Upstream is looking for curious and kind writers who are passionate about public health issues, graduate training, and professional development. We offer a unique opportunity to be involved in a student-centered publication and develop your career in public health writing, education, and outreach. The opportunity to publish is a fantastic learning experience for both first-time and experienced writers.

The publication accepts submissions in the format of personal narrative essays, opinion pieces, journalism, popular science articles, and literary fiction written by graduate students interested in public health. 


Join our staff:

Interested in being a staff writer, reviewer-editor, or doing outreach? We’ve got a lot of room on our team for dedicated, hard-working people. If you have a particular idea about how you want to contribute to the team, please email editorinchief@interveneupstream.org

Write for us:



We publish on a rolling basis on a variety of public health, graduate studies, and professional development topics. Most of our writers are not staff members.

If you want more ideas, look through our previous calls below:

General Guidelines

  1. Our publication (and online writing in general) is not the same as academic writing for a class or professor. We aim to publish thought-provoking and unique pieces that demonstrate your own abilities to reflect. Our medium is online and so it is important to be readable to our audience on the web and mobile. This isn’t a purely academic publication, and it is a space for graduate public health students – peers and those interested in reading what we think. Please see the articles we have published in the past to get a feel for our publication.
  2. Including images strongly encouraged. All images should include a caption and a citation (link to site and artist) and should be used within an appropriate copyright license.
  3. Bold text to highlight or emphasize certain information or particular statements.
  4. References should be footnotes (not endnotes) with citations in Associated Press or APA style. Do NOT utilize in-line citations (like this).
  5. Utilize subheadings. Online readers often skim over headlines to find information that catches their eye; here is a good reference.
  6. In general, write with an active voice.
  7. Utilize the free version of Grammarly.com (but don’t automatically accept every suggestion – the software is sometimes incorrect) to standardize common copy-editing, grammatical or spelling issues.
  8. We loosely define graduate students as anyone one year before or after any type of Masters, Professional, or Ph.D. program.