Intervene Upstream is looking for curious and kind writers who are passionate about public health issues, graduate training, and professional development. Intervene Upstream is 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 first-time writers, and we welcome experienced the craft of experienced writers as well.

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. 

We publish on a rolling basis on a variety of topics. Currently, we are inviting pieces on two topics:

Dual Submission Call: Racism, and Anti-Racism in Public Health; Consequences/Side-Effects of COVID-19 (employment, access to healthcare)

Beyond these general calls, we keep a list of potential topics in our pitch list google document

And you can submit to previous calls: 

The editorial board, consisting entirely of graduate students, will accept submissions related to public health topics (i.e. harm reduction, social determinants, health disparity, international health), graduate studies (i.e.reflections on studies, student advocacy, pedagogy) and professional development (i.e. career planning, advice from professionals).

We loosely define graduate students as anyone one year before or after any type of Masters, Professional, or Ph.D. program.

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.

We strongly advise you to use our submission template to guide your writing.