Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelors in Public Health

Public Health is an exciting and growing field of study. A Bachelor in Public Health is an undergraduate degree, which trains students in the essential skills needed to plan, initiate and manage healthcare programs. Research has shown the impact of healthy lifestyles on the rate of incidence of illnesses and on increasing longevity; hence, public health is now considered a very significant area of study.  The degree concentrations for the B.S. in Public Health are Global Health, Environmental Health and Preparedness.  The total credit hours required for completion is 120. 

Public Health Minor (Undergraduate)

The undergraduate minor provides a great opportunity for undergraduate students to gain insight and educational experience in Public Health. This University-wide minor will allow students to receive exceptional training in Public Health from our trained faculty.

Fast Track MPH Program (5th Year)

The fast track Master of Public Health Program provides an exceptional educational experience to UAB undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional didactic training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow students to receive advanced training in public health.




 Master's Degree Programs

Master of Public Health Degree Programs

Students pursuing the MPH degree acquire competency in the fundamental public health disciplines; the basic public health sciences; data analysis and policy analysis; communications; program planning and administration; public health systems and the organization of health services in the United States and abroad; recognition and analysis of ethical or legal issues in public health and professional practice; cultural, behavioral, genetic, environmental, political, geographic, and socioeconomic factors in health; the global nature of health and the needs of special populations, such as mothers and children, ethnic minorities, and vulnerable populations; and in the integration of core public health disciplines in public health problem decision-making processes


Master of Science in Public Health Degree Programs

The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) is an academic research degree designed for those students seeking specialization in one area of public health. The MSPH is offered in Clinical Research, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Outcomes Research. These programs combine didactic research instruction and applied research experience in the chosen discipline in order to prepare students for further study toward the PhD or for research or specialized technical positions in government, industry, academia or private institutions. All MSPH students complete a research project/thesis. All MSPH students take core courses in biostatistics and epidemiology and complete a minimum of 15 hours of methodologic and specialty area courses. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in other core public health courses. Individual MSPH programs require additional courses specific to the area of study. Please refer to the individual program's curriculum information for further details.

 Master of Science in Public Health in Clinical Research

There is a growing interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows. This interest has been fueled by increased support from the NIH to prepare such individuals to meet the demand for clinical investigators in the field. Locally, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for young faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

Peace Corps Master’s International Program

PeaceCorpsThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in cooperation with the Peace Corps Master’s International Program (MI). UAB establishes and monitors academic requirements, and the Peace Corps places MI students overseas as Volunteers. Students apply to both the Peace Corps and UAB School of Public Health and must be accepted by both. MI students complete all coursework before starting a Peace Corps assignment overseas. Assignments are developed by Peace Corps in-country staff at the request of host countries. Upon completion, the in-country assignment will count as your internship. MI students graduate with a unique combination of an advanced degree and two years of substantive professional experience in an international setting.

Coordinated MD/MPH in Medicine and Public Health (MD/MPH)


The School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health dual degree option with the School of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine degree. This coordinated degree can be completed in a four-year or five-year program format to fit the need of the student.


Coordinated DVM/MPH in Veterinary Medicine and Public Health (DVM/MPH)

The School of Public Health offers a Master of Public Health dual degree option with the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. This coordinated degree is considered a general MPH track which allows the student to customize their curriculum.



 Doctoral Programs

DrPH Degree Programs

The purpose of the DrPH program is to provide education and training at an advanced level that allows graduates to pursue careers as practicing public health professionals in public health agencies, the private sector, and other types of settings. As a result, such individuals have a broader educational preparation than those in more research-oriented programs. DrPH programs are offered in the following specialty areas: Public Health Management, Outcomes Research, and Maternal & Child Health Policy. Degree requirements include successful completion of program-specific courses, a written qualifying examination, written and oral proposal of original research protocol, admission to candidacy and a final defense/presentation of the dissertation research.

 PhD Degree Programs

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