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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: Welcome

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

Welcome to Writing Support Services at UTHealth School of Public Health!

UTHealth School of Public Health Mission Statement

Changing the culture of health through excellence in graduate education, research and engagement.

UTHealth School of Public Health Vision Statement

Health without boundaries.

Writing Support Services Mission Statement

To improve and enhance the public health communication skills, both oral and written, of all students to engage with diverse audiences through various media.

Writing Support Services Vision Statement

To promote effective communication across public health disciplines.

SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center

Writing Support Services is housed in the SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center.

By adopting a learning commons model, UTHealth School of Public Health is adapting to the ever-changing field of higher education and addressing the skills gap in the field of population health by producing a trained workforce.

The SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center integrates Writing Support Services and Library Services to provide a full-service learning, research, and project space. To accomplish this goal, it combines the functions of a library, a writing center, and a student lounge in a single community space. This space strives to empower students to direct their own learning by offering them a place where they can meet, talk, study, and use shared equipment and resources.

Please stop by the SPH Library & Graduate Communication Center to mingle with other students as well as with library and writing support staff.

Writing Support Services Overview

Writing Support Services provides FREE writing instruction for all students at all levels of proficiency at all stages of the writing process.

Two training specialists and a scientific editor are available for writing consultations. During each writing consultation, we will work with you to meet your goals and your instructor’s expectations for a particular writing assignment.

Writing Support Services will assist you in many areas of writing to help you take responsibility for your own writing, which involves providing you with writing advice, instruction, and support.

NOTE: Writing Support Services is NOT a drop-off proofreading and editing service. Instead, we work one-on-one with students to develop their own voices and confidence as independent thinkers and writers; we will not revise or correct papers for students, but we will help them learn these skills. 

With the advisor's permission, we will refer students who are interested in professional editing services (e.g., substantive editing, copy-editing, and proofreading of grant proposals, journal articles, and other manuscripts) to freelance editors/writers who are not affiliated with UTHealth School of Public Health and who establish their own protocols and pay rates. We neither endorse nor recommend any freelance editor/writer.

Writing Support Services Offerings

Writing Support Services offers public health communication skills training, with a focus on writing. Instruction is provided in the areas of ESL, Academic Writing, and Scientific Writing. All resources and services are tailored to meet students’ needs and faculty members’ expectations.

We can help with the following areas of writing:

  • Getting started (e.g., brainstorming, outlining, understanding the assignment)
  • Content development (e.g., thesis statement and supporting paragraphs)
  • Grammar/sentence structure 
  • Punctuation
  • Organization (e.g., developing topic sentences, organizing paragraphs)
  • Documentation/citing evidence (e.g., AMA or APA style)
  • Other (e.g., class requirement, proofreading strategies, research assistance)

We deliver writing instruction in the following formats (subject to change based on student preference):

  • Individual/group face-to-face tutoring sessions
  • Online feedback on writing assignments
  • Workshops/mini-courses focused on grammar, citing sources, etc.
  • Worksheets/handouts on Academic Writing and ESL topics 
  • Writing groups facilitated by a training specialist to improve written communication
  • Conversation groups facilitated by a training specialist to improve oral communication

Writing Support Services Team

Lionel Santibáñez, Senior Scientific Editor

Dr. Patricia A. McEvoy-Jamil, Training Specialist II

Dr. Zhiling "Willa" Wu, Training Specialist II

Not at the Houston Campus?

Students at the Austin, Brownsville, Dallas, El Paso, and San Antonio campuses of UTHealth School of Public Health can also benefit from Writing Support Services through Meet@UTHealth, interactive television (ITV), and telephone.

Contact Writing Support Services


UTHealth School of Public Health

1200 Pressler Street, RAS E109

Houston, TX 77030

E-mail address:


(713) 500-9121

Hours of operation:

Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm

Drop-ins are always welcomed, but appointments are highly recommended!

Have a quick question about writing? 

Contact us at Ask a Writing Consultant or via text at 713-965-6968.