This is UAB’s School of Public Health. We are the most innovative school of public health in the country—a place where big ideas are solving even bigger problems. What we do runs the gamut from collaborative teams working to solve our communities’ wicked problems to fundamental research that helps to create the foundation for future learning.

Message from the Dean

In 1964 President Lyndon Johnson said, "We have the power to shape the civilization that we want. But we need your will, your labor, your hearts, if we are to build that kind of society." He was, of course, speaking about the "Great Society" initiative that sought to eliminate the oppression of poverty for millions who wanted to share in the American dream. We have learned much in the intervening forty years - that good intentions and money don't often solve complex social and cultural dilemmas; that the technology genie will not go back into the bottle; that we are milliseconds from every nation, every person on the globe.

More than any other discipline, public health has the power to help shape civilization in the 21st century. The School of Public Health offers you the opportunity to join a vibrant community of professionals and scholars whose global-class research and scholarship is exploring complex problems like HIV/AIDS, obesity, and drugs in creative and unusual ways. A graduate degree in public health gives you the ability to tackle head-on the most complicated and thorny issues of our times, the tools to create solutions for those issues, and a uniquely global perspective.

The challenges for the future of public health find an ideal home at UAB. The interests of our faculty and staff extend from community organization in the Black Belt regions of rural Alabama to understanding the dynamics of the HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Few universities offer the almost limitless interdisciplinary collaborative atmosphere available to students at the School of Public Health.

The potential for our students to develop practical and meaningful internship experiences grows daily through partnerships with state and local government agencies, local businesses and industry, and a global network of governmental and non-governmental organizations. The faculty and staff at the School are dedicated and deeply committed to educating and preparing the most well-educated and qualified public health graduates imaginable for the 21st century. We look forward to welcoming you as a student in the School of Public Health. Our dynamic, robust, and exciting programs are a great beginning for launching a truly satisfying career.

Max Michael III, MD

Dean