Department of Health Care Organization and Policy

Research & Practice

The AL PHTC is one of 38 Public Health Training Centers located throughout the United States established by the US Department of Health and Human ServicesHealth Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of the Public Health Training Center Program is to improve the nation’s public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competency of the current and future public health workforce. This program is vital to assuring that the public health workforce has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to address complex public health issues now and into the future.  The AL PHTC is an integral component of the federal program, particularly in medically underserved areas with medically underserved populations. 
This series of short policy briefs examine issues of concern in the intersecting areas of public health, health care, and government policy. Our focus is on health policy issues that are important in Alabama and other Southeastern states. We put these issues into context with policy trends around the United States, and we provide a discussion of research relevant to understanding the issues and the proposed policy actions. All briefs are authored or co-authored by members of the faculty of the Department of Health Care Organization & Policy.
Lister Hill Center for Health Policy
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.
The MCH Policy & Leadership Program in the Center of Excellence in MCH Education, Science & Practice has been continuously funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services since October 1, 1983.
Diversity is vital to any research enterprise. The PEER Group uses large administrative databases for epidemiological and economics research. A team of program managers, doctorate-level statisticians, and system analysts support the work of other investigators. The PEER Group has access to data that can be made available to other investigators with their own research questions. The group can either make the data available to researchers, or investigators can let PEER conduct the analysis for them — all at a cost that is a fraction of what it would be otherwise. The group is dedicated to rigorous, multidisciplinary data analysis intended to improve public health. They support the research and training missions of UAB and are capable of quick response times. The PEER Group’s work has received support from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, industry and non-profit groups.
In today’s interdependent global economy, the need for cooperation between governments, international agencies, organizations, and institutions in alleviating global health challenges has increased. The UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health has a history of successful collaboration with institutions domestic and abroad in implementing graduate education, undergraduate education, public health training, and programs designed to improve health and well-being. Click above to learn more about available student opportunities, international programs, and ways to becoming a global citizen by thinking globally and acting locally.