Learn how to set up your freelance health & medical writing business.
How to Become a Freelance Health Writer will teach you how to:
- Plan your career transition with your first year mapped out
- Prepare your business documents and processes
- Develop your marketing strategies
- Launch your freelance writing business
- Set yourself up for long-term success
- And much more!
More than 2000 students in 42 countries have taken our courses.
Learn at your own pace, from anywhere in the world, with unlimited access.
We’re independently accredited for quality, academic standards and professional development.
6 lessons will walk you through the entire process of becoming a freelance health writer.
Who is this course for?
How to Become a Freelance Health Writer is perfect for:
- Aspiring writers who want to turn their passion for healthcare and writing into a fulfilling, profitable and flexible career
- Health professionals who are feeling burned out in their current role and need a career change or wish to start a side business
- Communications professionals who want to utilise their niche skills and shift careers
- Experienced writers who are keen to branch out into the health & medical writing industry
- Academics looking to apply their transferable skills and experience in an exciting new career
A community of opportunity
“I came to these courses (Principles of Health & Medical Copywriting and How to Become a Freelance Health Writer) curious and hopeful. As I worked through the material I felt stretched and challenged, but always buoyant. That’s because Michelle is such a great teacher, mentor and encourager. It’s not just a course, but a community of opportunity – and a great one to be part of.”
Sally Bathgate, Australia | Generate Health
Your 6-lesson curriculum guide.
1: Business essentials
We begin with a focus on business planning, strategy and your vision for your freelance medical writing business.
2: Templates, processes & must-have documents
With a focus on preparation, background work and templates, you’ll learn how to be fully prepared for any type of client enquiry that comes your way.
3: Client liaison, working efficiently and quoting
Working with clients effectively is a must-have skill for any freelancer. In this lesson, you’ll learn the art of client liaison and writing quotes that get approved.
4: Launching an industry-leading freelance website that generates enquiries
Learn the essential components to include on your website, and discover how to stand out in an increasingly competitive market.
5: Marketing, selling your niche skills and creating an authentic personal brand
Of course, you’re already a credible writer – but buzzwords alone won’t help you win clients. In this lesson, you’ll discover the art of authentic marketing and you’ll learn how to reach the clients that reflect your values.
6: Finding clients, retaining clients and the framework for long-term success
In your final lesson, you’ll learn how to establish yourself in the market for a solid future as a freelance medical writer.
A freelance medical writing course with a personal touch
“It was so nice to take a course with a genuine person behind the text. The fact that you could email Michelle to ask questions gave this course the personal touch. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about freelance health writing.”
Julia Cameron, Spain
How does this course work?
Here’s what you can expect.
24 engaging lectures
- Work through the lessons at your own pace
- Access from anywhere in the world
- Email your teacher whenever you have questions
Support and feedback
- Personalised feedback and guidance
- Feel supported in your new career journey
- Launch your business with confidence.
What’s included in the course?
Dozens of best-practice, industry-leading resources to help you launch your freelance writing business with confidence.
- 24 lectures discussing the lessons and learning objectives
- Podcast notes covering the lesson topics
- Freelance planning exercises to help you put the learnings into practice
- Dozens of handouts full of best-practice resources
- Templates and guidelines to help you plan your content
- Personalised, one-on-one feedback on every question you submit
- Student-only Facebook group of 1100+ so you can chat with other students
- Certificate to put towards self-study or CPD
- Health Writer Hub Alumni membership including free webinars
- Loyalty discounts giving you 30% off every other course
- World-class eLearning platform for a seamless learning experience.
What are the benefits and opportunities after I complete the course?
After you complete How to Become a Freelance Health Writer, you will have created:
- An action plan for your first three months
- Invoice and contract templates for your business
- Lists of potential clients to market to
- Website and LinkedIn strategies to help find work.
Free templates, checklists, planners and 10+ hours of online learning.
- 14 webinars – webinar topics include quoting for jobs, finding clients, CV writing, finding employed work, website essentials, subcontracting, marketing and more!
- Freelance Career Planner (new in 2022!) - map out your freelance career transition confidently with our detailed planner
- Foundations of Readability & Plain English Checklist (new in 2022!) - ensure your writing captures the essential readability techniques all health writers need to know
- Writing templates - simplify the writing process with our handy templates
- COVID-19 communication resources - stay updated with the latest health communication best practices
Join a supportive group of like-minded writers
When you join How to Become a Freelance Health Writer, you become a member of the Health Writer Hub Alumni – a smart, diverse and friendly community of 1100+ health writers from around the world. Alumni benefits include:
- Loyalty discounts – 30% off any other Health Writer Hub course
- Writing challenges – goals to keep you motivated and accountable
- Global networking – connect with health writers from around the world
- A supportive group of health writers – ask questions, and share advice
- Immediate access – join the group as soon as you sign up.
Walks you through every aspect of becoming a freelance writer
“As an academic scientist, making the transition from lab bench to medical writer has not been the easiest or straightforward of tasks. However, after enrolling in How to Become a Freelance Health Writer, that path has been well and truly illuminated. From setting a business plan to formulating templates and processes, Michelle walks you through every aspect of becoming a freelance writer.”
Dr James Graham, Australia
Who I am, and why I want to help you succeed.
Hello there – I’m Michelle Guillemard, founder of Health Writer Hub (you can read more about me here). With more than a decade of freelance health writing experience, I’m here to teach you everything I know about becoming a successful freelance writer.
I want to help you grow your skills and career so you can get paid to share your health knowledge and experience – just like I have done for the past 10 years! Since becoming a freelance writer back in 2011, I’ve worked for hundreds of local and international clients: from hospitals to pharma companies and health professionals to government agencies.
In this freelance writing course. I share ALL the strategies that gave me the confidence to build my business, quit my job and commit to freelance life. I reveal the tactics that have helped me – and hundreds of my students – secure amazing clients, charge premium industry rates and maintain a steady flow of ongoing work.
You’re interested in How to Become a Freelance Health Writer because you have health, medical or scientific qualifications and/or writing qualifications. Yet, you're feeling challenged when it comes to building a career as a freelance health writer. You’ve got the skills – you’re almost ready to begin.
My freelance medical writing course will fill those last remaining gaps – so you can start your journey with confidence and be equipped with the knowledge and power to succeed.
My teaching method
I teach this course, and all my courses, through a combination of audio lectures (podcast style) and text resources. I also offer a range of video content, including bonus webinars and regular student interviews.
After experimenting with different combinations over the years and listening to student feedback, I am confident that delivering lectures in both audio AND text format is the most effective way for you to learn about freelance health writing.
Consume the content however you like:
- Listen and read the transcripts at the same time
- Listen and take your own notes
- Listen away from your computer
- Read the transcripts only.
Many students have told me they enjoy listening to the lectures while driving, walking, hiking, running or cleaning the house! You're free to do whatever works best for you.
Now, I am a freelance health and medical writer with four good clients
"I have until now described myself as a scientist who likes writing, reading and explaining scientific concepts to colleagues and friends. A few months ago, I decided I wanted to get out of academia. I was dreaming to become a freelance medical writer and somehow to become my own boss. That made my family laugh. I have been lucky to have been contacted by clients just after a few networking suggestions I got from the course. The course also helped me to gain confidence. I had no idea I could be a health writer and I did not know I would love it so much. I would have taken much more time to set up my career as a medical writer without the course. More importantly, the feedback I got from Michelle and the Facebook group was a valuable way to get help and clear my writing-related doubts. The course helped me in practice to learn how to work as a medical writer, and psychologically to overcome my fears. Totally worth the money and the time. Now, I am a freelance health and medical writer with four good clients."
Stefania Ippati, PhD, MsC, Italy
Certified and accredited
Accredited for quality and standards.
How to Become a Freelance Health Writer is an approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course, independently accredited with the CPD Certification Service – one of the world’s leading independent CPD accreditation institutions.
As a CPD-accredited course, How to Become a Freelance Health Writer meets the required standard of CPD at a global level. The course’s learning value and structure conform to global CPD guidelines and principles, complementing the CPD policies of professional institutes and academic bodies.
Frequently asked questions
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What past students have said about How to Become a Freelance Health Writer.
Fascinating and applicable to the real world
"I've completed two courses and I loved both of them. Michelle is encouraging, supportive and knowledgeable. The courses are fascinating and applicable to the real world. I thoroughly recommend them to anyone interested in learning the craft and business of health writing."
Dr Elaine McNamara, UK | Hackbash
I became stronger
"How to Become a Freelance Health Writer gave me an understanding of how to build the base of my freelance writing business. I've always been confident about my writing, but not about my ability to communicate with clients. I feel that I became much stronger in that essential area after taking the class."
Debbie Burack, Israel
"The How to Become a Freelance Health Writer course helped me to become clearer about the basis for being a freelance health writer. Michelle’s advice and suggestions were always practical as they are based on her experience, and her support was an added value."
María Romero Olleros, Spain
Found my first freelance client within 6 weeks
"Michelle's course was excellent. This was my first taste of medical/health writing and following the course I felt like I had a clear plan for how to proceed to find my way into the industry. Following the suggestions from the course I found my first client within 6 weeks."
Matt Boyd, NZ | Adapt Research & Writing
Very worth it
"I found the course extremely helpful for understanding everything I need to do to set up my freelancing business. All the topics covered were very relevant and complete. I am now more prepared to put my business into the world than when I started the course. The How to Become a Freelance Health Writer course is very worth it!"
Luiza Erthal, Ireland
Helped fill information gaps
"How to Become a Freelance Health Writer helped me fill information gaps in the freelance business world. I recommend the course to anyone who is wanting to freelance and build their own brand voice in the health and/or biomedical writing area. My compliments to Michelle for designing the course content and compiling the resources."
Reham Milhem, PhD, United Arab Emirates
Practical and comprehensive
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course! It was extremely useful and engaging. The material is very practical and comprehensive. I have considered a freelance career for a little while now, but I have always felt something holding me back. However, after completing the course I found myself really believing a career as a freelance health writer was an actual possibility."
Libby Evans, Australia
Highly recommend the freelance course
“This course has shaped my freelancing business altogether. I was able to fine tune my freelancing skills according to the market needs. Michelle was gently guiding me in many areas like negotiation, preparing essential documents etc. I was able to get more input from this course than I got from other sources all these years. Highly recommend the course to anyone aspiring to be a freelance health writer.”
Dr Sathya Meonah ST, India
I would recommend the freelance medical writing course to anyone who wants to start a career as a freelance writer
"I recently started my career as a freelance writer. This course helped me in understanding the basics and essential requirements of this business. The content of the course is very well organized and has clarity. Michelle is a very helpful coach. She has been very responsive to my queries. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to start a career as a freelance health or medical writer."
Dr Heidi Hilton, Australia
Loved the practical focus of the course
"I loved the very practical focus of the course. The material was well structured, varied and easy to fit into a busy schedule. Time and money definitely well spent."
Helga Mikkelsen, Australia
Exactly what I needed
"Suddenly going freelance for me was a big nervous step, so this course was exactly what I needed. Not only did it cover the many aspects of freelance health writing, but Michelle is also there for personal and continued guidance. The interaction with new and past students in video calls and online is also valuable."
Richa Srivastava, Ireland
A true treasure for any freelance medical writer!
"I cannot recommend this course enough. The information is comprehensive; you can confidently launch your business with all the tools and knowledge that Michelle has offered in How to Become a Freelance Health Writer. A true treasure for any freelance wannabe!"
Hamsa Al-Aqqad, UK
I have not looked back ... Michelle's advice and support are fabulous
"Michelle is friendly and approachable and her advice and support are fabulous for guiding me through the early phases of business set-up and delivery. Michelle shares her business insights openly, understands my needs well and is readily available to talk whenever I need further advice. I highly recommend Michelle to anyone seeking a confident entry into the medical and health writing field."
Kara Gilbert | KMG Communications
An absolute must
"How to Become a Freelance Health Writer is an absolute must for anyone considering becoming a freelance medical writer. The amount of information made available is brilliant and very informative. The podcasts accompanying the information are excellent. Michelle’s advice is invaluable."
Angela Johns, Australia
Really enjoyed the freelance course
"I really enjoyed the How to Become a Freelance Health Writer course and came away with a lot of very useful information and strategies for expanding my freelance business. Thanks Michelle for being so generous passing on all your wisdom and experience."
Joanna White, Australia
You sincerely want me to thrive in my health writing career.
"I love how you are clearly passionate about what you do - health writing, website development, and teaching. I felt like you sincerely want me to thrive in my health writing career. I also like the very down-to-earth tone of the course."
Ilana Murphy, USA
One of my best investments
"I would say that How to Become a Freelance Health Writer is one of my best investments on courses. I am so glad to have taken it! I learned at the beginning that I needed to have a business plan, which I now know is very important, if not vital. With Michelle’s enlightening teaching, I came up with my niche of bilingual Chinese and English medical writing. I cannot be happier with it! My favourite is the lesson on setting up a website. Before the course, I would not ever ponder setting up my own website, sending newsletters, or writing a blog. I am doing all of these now. The course has transformed me, from knowing nothing about freelancing to conducting my business with confidence. Michelle is also very timely and helpful in answering all my questions, whether on the student forum or via email. I highly recommend this freelance medical writing course to anyone who is new in freelance health and medical writing."
Dr Amanda Xiaoqing Mao, PhD | Acurit Medical Communications
Logically thought out and easy to follow
“Having “hobbled together” a consultancy business for a year between jobs, I am so impressed by the way Michelle has put together everything that I eventually learned plus so much more that I just didn’t think about in this course. Everything is logically thought out, easy to follow even if it isn’t easy to do and provides a great framework for thinking through all the essentials for setting up a new business. ”
Dr Deborah Southwell, Australia
Provided me with the foundation and tools I require to find success
"There is a lot of detail involved in starting a health and medical writing business. I can only imagine the time and energy this course has saved me on researching the ins and outs of building a successful business. This course has provided me with the foundation and tools I require to find success. All my questions were answered, and I have already bragged about this course to several people!"
Leah Weiss | Weissedits
Very engaging and informative
"A very engaging and informative course for those wishing to use their writing skills to create a business."
Dr Catherine Odlum, Ireland
My only disappointment was that it came to an end!
“I really enjoyed the freelance medical writing course – my only disappointment was that it came to an end! The content was very informative, well structured and relevant. Michelle is responsive and always ready to discuss further questions via email. I would recommend it to others thinking about freelancing.”
Amanda Holman, UK
I now feel prepared!
"How to Become a Freelance Health Writer is well-designed and logical. The materials are of excellent quality, and very detailed. I now feel prepared!”
Simon Van Rysewyk, Australia
Michelle is extremely thoughtful, professional and generous
"I feel very fortunate to have made a professional connection with Michelle. After meeting Michelle in 2013, she has been assisting me with advice and guidance on how to further my work and refine my skills as a medical writer. Michelle is extremely professional, thoughtful and generous. I also value her extensive experience in the medical writing field. I know I can continue to learn a lot more from her guidance, insight and encouragement. She has been a great influence on the writing choices and progress I have made since we met. I cannot recommend her highly enough."
Annalies Corse, Australia
Provides us with knowledge to run any business
“How to Become a Freelance Health Writer provides us with knowledge to run not only a freelance health writing business but also any other business.”
Bundeth Seng, Cambodia
The go-to expert for those starting out a writing career in the health niche
"I was fortunate enough to have Michelle as my writing mentor when I began health writing. She's the go-to expert for those starting out a writing career in the health or medical niche, with insider tips and advice to help you start successfully. In fact, Michelle pointed me to an online resource where I managed to land one of my best-paying clients!"
Joe Leech | Diet vs Disease