Health Policy Brief Grading Criteria
NURS 503
Health Policy Brief
Grading Criteria
The health policy brief is 25% of your total grade or 25 points. This is a 2-3 page policy brief in column
format (not including the title page and references page).
Explanation for grading the health policy brief follows:
Grading Components
Content Summary (20 points)
1) Health issue or policy issue identified for a particular community, audience, advocacy group, or
2) Intended audience identified or clear to the reader
3) Health issue or policy issue briefly summarized
4) Knowledge of the topic
5) Discussed current or pending legislation (local, state, and/or federal) about the issue, if applicable
6) Provides a recommendation or supports an existing recommendation
7) Appropriate length of brief
Scholarly Writing and APA (5 points)
Mechanics: Correct sentence structure, grammar, and appropriate capitalization. Correct
punctuation and style, no spelling errors, no run-on sentences, no sentence fragments, no
incomplete thoughts, and dangling participles. NO QUOTES ALLOWED – PARAPHRASE
Language: No medical jargon, no colloquialisms (slang and informal ways of speaking) unless
using this language for a reason (repeating a conversation or giving an example).
Logic: The arguments putforth are understandable and are connected to the concepts and
topics discussed. The issues raised by the paper are important and relevant to the course
material and topic.
Clarity Summary
1. Paper was organized in a logical manner
2. Ideas were clearly presented
3. Correct usage of grammar and style
4. Medical jargon not used or explained
5. Complete sentences used
6. Correct spelling
APA Format:
1) References cited correctly (if used)
a. In-text
b. References list
i. Must be on a separate page
ii. References (the word) centered
2) Correct APA citing (in-text and references list)
Health Policy Brief Grading Criteria
a. Hanging indent used (references list)
b. Double spacing
c. Volume #
d. Issue # if available
e. Correct doi format:
i. https://doi.org/10.1037/arc0000014 (new format) – PREFERRED
ii. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/arc0000014
3) Journal URL if doi unknown
4) URL address must not have an underline
5) Title page
6) Correct margins (1 inch)
7) Header
a. Running head on first page (TITLE OF PAPER)
b. Header on subsequent pages does not contain Running head (TITLE ONLY)
8) Page numbers (in header;top right)
9) Correct APA number format
10) Correct APA capitalization format
11) Headings
12) Left justification
13) Double spacing
14) Document named correctly: Last Name Assignment Name