Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Programs 2016 -17

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD degree is offered in four areas:  Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Behavior and Biostatistics. 

The PhD in Biostatistics provides a balance between theory and application, the perspective being the role of statistics and modeling in scientific research.  The objective is to produce research-oriented scientists who can advance statistical and modeling theory and can interact effectively with scientists in other disciplines to advance knowledge in those fields.

PhD in Biostatistics


The PhD program in Environmental Health Sciences is a full-time program that prepares scientists for careers in one of two foci: Environmental Sciences/Toxicology Research (ENSR) and Industrial Hygiene (IH). In addition to understanding the advanced concepts of environmental health sciences as they are related to environmental health, industrial hygiene, or environmental toxicology, graduates of this program are expected to develop skills that will enable them to identify and define questions of environmental health importance, design research studies to address these questions, and to complete a program of research that demonstrates abilities as an independent investigator.

PhD in Environmental Health Sciences

PhD in Industrial Hygiene


The PhD in Epidemiology emphasizes epidemiologic study design and data analysis. The program is designed to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching. Admission is competitive. Applicants should have earned a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), Master of Science (MS) degree or equivalent, with a strong background in epidemiology and statistics. Students who complete the degree will master the skills required for conducting independent research in epidemiology, with a firm background in epidemiology, biostatistics, and information management.

PhD in Epidemiology


The PhD program in Health Education/Promotion provides students with instruction and research experience to become practitioners and scientists in health education and health promotion. The program combines the resources of academic units from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, UAB School of Education, Department of Human Studies), and the University of Alabama (UA) College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science.

PhD in Health Education/Promotion

Common requirements can be found by accessing the Graduate School web site at

Overview of Public Health

The Overview of Public Health course is a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) required for all Masters of Science (MS), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students in Public Health programs. The objective of this course is twofold: to provide professional degree students a broad overview of the core areas of public health and to facilitate students' understanding of how their specializations relate to achieving public health's goals. This is a self-paced course that will require you to watch videos, read articles, answer discussion questions, and complete quizzes. Additionally, you must attend three one-hour seminars within the School of Public Health. This course should take approximately 37 hours to complete including time spent reading, watching videos, attending seminars, completing assignments, and taking quizzes. Individual times will vary, of course. Public Health online students may attend public health seminars in their area or view them online to fulfill the seminar requirement.

Admissions Requirement:  Only the students who have been admitted into the MS, MSPH, or PhD program are required to complete the Overview of Public Health Course. Students accepted into the MSPH program who possess a Bachelor of Public Health (BS or BA) or a Master of Public Health (MPH) from a CEPH-accredited institution, may be exempted from completing this course.