The Centers of the UAB School of Public Health do research in the service of the community...

The mission of the UAB Center for the Study of Community Health (CSCH) is to conduct and facilitate research to guide programs and policies that promote the vitality of community health.


The Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is a consortium of programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University that offers graduate education and research training in occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, hazardous substances, occupational health nursing and occupational safety and ergonomics. The Center’s approach to graduate education is interdisciplinary in nature, developing graduates that are highly recruited by industry, business and academia. The Deep South Center for OH&S offers excellent short courses in a variety of topics to develop professional skills and knowledge for those practicing in occupational health and safety.

Many students in the graduate program are supported in part by funds received by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and other resources within the Deep South Center for OH&S. .

Federally endowed in 1987, the Lister Hill Center has a university-wide mission to facilitate the conduct of health policy research, to disseminate the findings of that research beyond the usual channels of academic publication, and to sponsor the Lister Hill Health Policy Fellows program.


A federally endowed center with a mission of contributing to solutions of health problems in developing countries by implementing comprehensive, graduate-level training and educational public health programs that are organized collaboratively with academic institutions, international agencies, and health ministries within the host country.

Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center

Alabama/Mississippi Public Health Training Center (AL-MS PHTC) / Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC).  In 2010, the UAB School of Public Health received funding from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) to establish the Alabama/Mississippi Public Health Training Center, which is now part of the Region IV PHTC and provides needed training to the public health workforce in the area of infectious disease. The AL-MS PHTC works to improve the public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competency of the current and future public health workforce. The Center is vital in assuring that the public health workforce has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to address complex public health issues now and into the future. Training and education programs developed by the AL-MS PHTC are competency-based, grounded in core public health functions and Essential Public Health Services, and designed to improve the capacity of the public health workforce, including those in community-based organizations providing public health services in underserved areas.  Training and education programs are tailored for specific target audiences and delivered through distance education technologies and on-site programs


The Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program

The Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program, was created in 2016 from funding provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health (NIEHS). This program offers safety and health training to health care and public safety workers throughout the Deep South (Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle). This training program equips workers with the skills and knowledge needed to protect themselves and their communities from potential exposure to contaminated materials or infected individuals they may encounter.  Integrated trainings provide information on infection control measures, other worker protection protocols, and practical, hands-on training using personal protective equipment in order to improve the skills and confidence of the workforce in responding to an Ebola or other infectious disease threat. The program is a collaboration of the UAB School of Public Health and School of Medicine with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Alabama Fire College’s Workplace Safety Training Program, establishing a multistate geographical partnership.