Current Call for Submissions: Burnout During the Pandemic

COVID-19 placed an unprecedented strain on the global healthcare system. Share your thoughts and experiences on studying and working during the pandemic, how it affected your mental health and outlook on your profession, and your vision and predictions for the future of your field. Read the full call for submissions.


What we look for:

Intervene Upstream is looking for curious and kind writers, artists, and designers 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 invites submissions by graduate students interested in public health. We accept written submissions in the format of personal narrative essays, opinion pieces, journalism, popular science articles, and literary fiction. We also accept artwork to accompany written work or as standalone submissions.


Join our staff:

Interested in being a staff writer, reviewer-editor, artist, or designer, or in 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



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 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, professor, or academic journal. We aim to publish thought-provoking and unique pieces that demonstrate your own abilities to reflect. Our medium is online, so content must be readable and accessible to our audience on the web and mobile. This is a space for graduate public health students to share their work with peers and others interested in reading what we think. Please read some of the articles we have published in the past to get a feel for our publication.
  2. Including an image(s) with your written submission is 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. Original art is welcome.
  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. Use 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 master’s, professional, or Ph.D. program.