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Editorial Standards

The correct use of our university name and school names reinforces our visibility as the most comprehensive academic health center in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

Consistency and professionalism in editorial standards supports effective communication with our audiences. These guidelines apply to external and internal written copy (stories, briefs, news releases). They do not apply to executive communications, formal correspondence, emails, social media posts, or text messages.


University Name

UTH-Standard-OrangeGray-RGBFull reference

The full name of the university is The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. This name must appear on all communications, and it is in the logo. If the logo is prominently displayed on communications material, whether in print or on a website, that suffices as the full reference, as it contains the full name of the university.

If the UTHealth logo is not used (e.g., news stories in external publications, research publications), use the full name on first reference.

If the UTHealth logo is not prominent or could easily be separated from the copy, use the full name on first reference.

  • Always capitalize The
  • UTHealth is one word
  • UTHealth alone in headlines is acceptable
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is preferred first reference, with UTHealth used subsequently

Standard reference

UTHealth is the standard reference.

  • If a story is on a UTHealth-branded website or in a publication containing the full logo prominently displayed, the logo serves as the full reference, and individual stories may use the standard reference (e.g., Inside UTHealth articles, Message from the Dean, Out in Front articles).
  • UTHealth in Houston or UTHealth Houston may be used informally if location clarity is needed.
  • Do not use UT Houston, UT Health, or UTHSC-H. The official DBA (“Doing Business As” or trade name) is UTHealth.

The UTHealth name tells who we are, who we belong to, and what we do.

School Names

The same guidelines apply for individual schools within UTHealth.

Full reference

If the school logo is prominently displayed on communications material, whether in print or on a website, that suffices as the full reference. The school logo contains the UTHealth logo with the full name of the university. A type treatment for the school name apart from the UTHealth logo is NOT an official school logo and is NOT sufficient for the full reference.

If the school logo containing the UTHealth logo is not used (e.g., news stories in external publications, research publications), or if the logo is not prominent or could easily be separated from the copy, then use the full name on first reference.

Research publications should always have the full reference submitted.

Standard reference

Acronyms, abbreviations, or initialisms for schools should be limited in use, with a preference for the full, consistent, descriptive name of the school.

If a story is on a UTHealth-branded website or in a publication containing the full logo prominently displayed, the logo serves as the full reference, and individual stories may use the standard reference for the school name.

Other notes

School name change in copy:

Chris Nguyen, DNP ’13, Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth, formerly [former school name]
Chris Nguyen, DNP ’13, [former school name], now known as Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth

School name used as modifier:

Do not use “the” in front of a stand-alone school name, but “the” is allowed before a program or donor name.
Cizik School of Nursing is the best in the country. The Cizik School of Nursing emergency/trauma nurse practitioner program is the best in the country.

  • UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

    Full reference:
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Biomedical Informatics

    Standard reference:
    UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

    Subsequent reference:
    the School of Biomedical Informatics
    the school

  • UTHealth School of Dentistry

    Full reference:
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry

    Standard reference:
    UTHealth School of Dentistry

    Subsequent reference:
    the School of Dentistry
    the dental school
    the school

  • UTHealth School of Public Health

    Full reference:
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health

    Standard reference:
    UTHealth School of Public Health

    Subsequent reference:
    the School of Public Health
    the public health school
    the school

  • Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth

    Full reference:
    Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

    Standard reference:
    Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth

    Subsequent reference:
    Cizik School of Nursing
    the nursing school
    the school

  • McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

    Full reference:
    McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

    Standard reference:
    McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

    Subsequent reference:
    McGovern Medical School
    the medical school
    the school

  • MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    Full reference:
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    Standard reference:
    MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

    Subsequent reference:
    MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School
    the graduate school

    Note: The graduate school has different standards due to the partnership between UTHealth and MD Anderson.

UTHealth Primary Teaching Hospital Names

  • Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

    First reference:
    Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

    Subsequent reference:
    Memorial Hermann-TMC

  • Memorial Hermann: other components

    When the story is about several locations in the hospital system:

    First reference:
    Memorial Hermann Health System

    Subsequent reference:
    Memorial Hermann


    All references:
    Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital


    First reference:
    Red Duke Trauma Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

    Subsequent reference:
    Red Duke Trauma Institute


    First reference:
    Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

    Subsequent reference:
    Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute or Heart & Vascular Institute at Memorial Hermann-TMC, depending on whether the story is about the practice or the location

  • Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital

    First reference:
    Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital

    Subsequent reference:
    Harris Health LBJ

  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    First reference:
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

    Subsequent reference:
    MD Anderson

  • UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center

    First reference:
    UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (UTHealth HCPC)

    Subsequent reference:
    UTHealth HCPC

Degrees, Titles, Names

  • Academic degrees
    MD, PhD, Dr., etc.

    Use academic degrees after names with no periods. Use the highest postgraduate degree. Include Master of Public Health and other health-related master’s degrees as appropriate. In an academic setting, a wide range of degrees, associations, and certifications may be desirable and valuable to publicize.

    First reference: Set off degrees with commas on both sides.
    Jane Doe, MD, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology

    Second reference: Use last names except in approved exceptions.

    Do not use Dr. except in approved exceptions. For example, the use of Dr. in captions/cutlines to minimize multiple post-nominal terms is acceptable.

    Alumni

    Alumni may be identified with the year of their graduation in cases such as stewardship communications/publications. Use the same rule of setting off with commas on both sides.
    John McDonald, MD ’82, remembers his medical school days well.

  • Titles of people and entities
    Capitalization

    Capitalize titles for people and entities (departments/divisions, programs, offices, centers, etc.) when used before the name.
    The Department of Neurosurgery congratulates Associate Professor Jane Doe, MD, PhD, on her recent nomination.
    The Program in Cancer Biology congratulates Co-Director Jane Doe, MD, PhD, on her recent nomination.

    Do not capitalize when used after a name.
    Jane Doe, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery, was recently nominated for…
    Jane Doe, MD, PhD, co-director of the cancer biology program, was recently nominated for…

    Shortened titles

    Do not shorten Assistant to Asst. or Associate to Assoc.

    Joint titles

    Faculty may have joint titles with more than one UTHealth school. Audience and content will dictate when to use which title, or if both are needed.
    Jane Doe, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, discussed her lab’s research on zebrafish.
    Jane Doe, MD, PhD, co-director of the Program in Cancer Biology at MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School, gave the commencement address.

    Endowed titles

    Always include a faculty member’s endowed title(s) when possible. Endowed titles are capitalized and should match information from the Office of Development.

  • Student and patient names

    Use full name on first reference. For second reference, last name is preferred, but first name may be used in features or “soft news.”