Why Study Public Health at UAB?

We provide students diverse opportunities to collaboratively develop interventions to tackle today’s health issues, improve workplace health and safety, and strengthen the nation’s public health preparedness capabilities.  Our students develop technical, scientific, and leadership skills attractive to business, industry, and academia. We address local and global challenges by building the next generation of bold professionals leading innovation in public health.  Let us become your place of discovery and training; let us give you the knowledge that will change your world.


Why a Degree in Public Health?

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community.

A graduate degree gives public health professionals a competitive edge over other professionals and enables professionals to:

  • gain knowledge of the factors which influence local, national and global legislative and social polices;
  • apply broad-based, state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative skills needed for problem solving;
  • develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems;
  • enhance communication skills by working with diverse populations; and,
  • be positioned for a leadership role in health promotion and disease prevention.


Why pursue a career in public health?

  • Public health is an exciting and growing field of study. The field challenges its professionals to confront complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.
  • Public health is a diverse and dynamic field. Public Health professionals come from varying educational backgrounds and can specialize in an array of fields. A host of specialists, including teachers, journalists, researchers, administrators, environmentalists, demographers, social workers, laboratory scientists, and attorneys, work to protect the health of the public.
  • Public health is a field geared toward serving others. Public health professionals serve local, national, and international communities. They are leaders who meet the many exciting challenges in protecting the public's health today and in the future.
  • Public health is a rewarding field. The field of public health offers great personal fulfillment - working towards improving people's health and well being is a rewarding day's work.



MPH Biostatistics 
MSPH Clinical and Translational Science Biostatistics
MS Biostatistics
PhD Biostatistics
Environmental Health
MPH Environmental Health - also available ONLINE
  Industrial Hygiene 
  Accelerated Industrial Hygiene 
  Occupational Health & Safety (OHSM)  - also available ONLINE
  Fast Track MPH (5th Year Program)
MSPH Environmental  Health & Toxicology  - also available ONLINE
  Industrial Hygiene
PhD Environmental  Health Sciences
MPH Epidemiology
  Fast Track MPH - (5th Year Program)
MSPH Applied Epidemiology 
  Pharmacoepidemiology & Comparative Effectiveness Rsrch 
  Clinical and Translational Science Epidemiology 
PhD Epidemiology 
Health Behavior
MPH Health Behavior
  Fast Track MPH (5th Year Program)
  Health Behavior/Nursing
  Psychology PhD 
  Sociology PhD
MSPH Clinical and Translational Science Health Behavior
PhD Health Education and Health Promotion
Health Care Organization and Policy
MPH Health Care Organization  - also available ONLINE
  General Theory & Practice
  Public Health Preparedness Management
  Health Policy 
  MCH Policy and Leadership  - also available ONLINE
  Fast Track MPH (5th Year Program)
  Juris Doctorate
  Business Administration
  Doctor of Optometry
  Public Administration
  Maternal & Child Health/Nursing
  Maternal & Child Health/Social Work - also available ONLINE
  Outcomes Research
DrPH Public Health Management
  Maternal Child Health Policy
  Outcomes Research
Public Health School Wide Degree
MPH MPH/MD General Track
  MPH/DVM General Track
Undergraduate Programs BS in Public Health
  Minor in Public Health


UAB’s School of Public Health has been producing top masters and doctoral students for over 30 years.  We are the only accredited school of public health in Alabama and one of the best educational values in the Southeast.  U.S. News & World Report ranked us among the top 20 schools of public health in the country. We also ranked in the top 10 of public health schools nationwide in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.  Considering the affordable tuition, the competitive scholarship opportunities, and the affordable cost of living in the Birmingham area, you have benefits per dollar unrivaled by any private and most state universities.


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If you are thinking about attending UAB, why not make a campus visit? The UAB School of Public Health will host special interest sessions each month, which can be combined with a campus tour to help you get the most out of your time on your visit. If you have a specific time or day you will be on or around campus, you can also arrange an individual meeting with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to discuss academic planning, resources, and more about public health. 

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If you will not be coming to UAB’s campus soon, we are often on the road for college fairs, high school visits, and other recruiting events. 

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UAB wants to give you a world-class education and an unforgettable graduate program experience at a fraction of the price. Considering the affordable tuition, the competitive scholarship opportunities, and the affordable cost of living in the Birmingham area, you have benefits per dollar unrivaled by any private and most state universities.


Your college experience doesn’t start and end with lectures, reports, or exams.  We want our students to get involved on campus and recognize the importance of out of class opportunities in order to receive the total college experience.  From residence life, community service, athletics, student organizations, and much more, UAB has something for everyone to enhance their undergraduate or graduate education.


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If you plan to park a car (or motorcycle, or scooter) on campus, you’ll need to register with UAB Parking and Transportation Services to get your permit.Fill out your forms, pay your fee, and get your parking tag—simple as that. Your tag will permit you to park in a specific lot—park without a permit, or park in the wrong lot, and you’ll get fined. Visit UAB Parking and Transportation Services for all of the rules and advantages to parking on campus.



For immediate notification of emergencies, all students should sign up with UAB's B-ALERT system, which is used to communicate to the entire campus all at the same time. You can choose which method of communication suits you best—voice call, SMS text message, or e-mail—or use any combination of the three.




DragonTrail is the portal to all things job-related and is provided by UAB's Career Services. You'll want to develop a relationship with their office right from the start. Career Services is an oustanding group of individuals ready to help pave the way to your desired career, and if you don't know what that is yet, they'll help you get some experience through part-time jobs and internships so you can figure things out along the way.

Signing up for DragonTrail will give you access to a giant list of jobs and internships that are available right now as well as tutorial videos and event calendars. You'll always know when one of their many career fairs is approaching, and you will be prepared for success.


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Connect to UAB WiFi. UAB provides a wireless network in support of the academic, research, and administrative work of the UAB community. This wireless network serves classrooms, common areas, green spaces, and many other popular areas around campus. 


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