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SPH Writing Support Services

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

Spring 2022 Term

This March 2022, we are offering two FREE mini-courses via Cisco Webex starting the week of Feb. 28, 2022. Each mini-course will meet two (2) hours per week for a total of four (4) weeks. Note that neither course will be offered during Spring Break week (March 16 and 17):

1. Advanced English Grammar and Punctuation for Graduate Students (March 3–31, 2022; Thursdays, 10:00am–12:00pm)

This course is designed for graduate students who want to further improve their academic writing by focusing on grammatical issues and punctuation errors commonly found in graduate writing. Students should have a knowledge of basic English grammar, including the eight parts of speech and their functions in sentences; the verb types, moods, tenses, and voice as well as their uses in scientific writing; and the types of phrases, independent clauses, and dependent clauses as well as their roles in building sentences. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to (a) use semicolons and commas with coordinate and non-coordinate (cumulative) adjectives, phrases, independent clauses, and dependent clauses; (b) fix comma splices, run-on sentences, and fragments; and (c) use commas and semicolons with conjunctive adverbs and transitional expressions. Students are required to bring a laptop to each class in order to access course material and complete in-class exercises. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Patricia McEvoy-Jamil at

2. Academic Writing Style (March 2–30, 2022; Wednesdays, 1:30pm–3:30pm)

This course is designed for graduate students who want to familiarize themselves with the stylistic choices preferred by English academic writing including word choice, flow, and concision. It strives to help students become more confident academic writers to meet the academic challenges encountered at UTHealth School of Public Health and beyond. For the hands-on component of this course, students are required to bring a finished academic paper, such as a graded writing assignment from a previous course, to which they will apply the stylistic principles learned at the end of each session. To register for this course, please e-mail Dr. Zhiling "Willa" Wu at