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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

To improve the health of the people of Texas, the nation, and the world by providing the highest quality graduate education, translational research, and service to the profession and community.

UTHealth School of Public Health Vision Statement

Improved health of the population through prevention, better health outcomes, and a trained population health workforce.

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 Learning Commons

Writing Support Services is part of the newly planned SPH Learning Commons.

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

The SPH Learning Commons will integrate SPH Writing Support Services and SPH Library Services to provide a full-service learning, research, and project space.  The SPH Learning Commons will combine the functions of a library, a lounge, and a writing center in a single community gathering place.  Such a space will empower students to direct their own learning by offering them a place where they can meet, talk, study, and use shared equipment.

While we await the opening of the SPH Learning Commons, please feel free to stop by the SPH Library to mingle with other students, writing training specialists, and library staff.

Writing Support Services Overview

Writing Support Services provides FREE writing instruction for all students 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 does NOT provide professional editing services (e.g., substantive editing, copy-editing, and proofreading of grant proposals, journal articles, and other manuscripts). With the advisor's permission, we will refer students who are interested in these professional editing services 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 due to 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

Mr. Lionel Santibáñez, 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.

To schedule a video or telephone conference, make an appointment using our appointment service.

Contact Writing Support Services


SPH Library (RAS E-125)
1200 Pressler Street
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!