Accelerated Learning Opportunities

The School of Public Health offers several options for high-achieving undergraduates to accelerate the time and reduce the cost necessary to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. These include Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Programs (ABM), Fast-Track programs, and Early Acceptance Programs.

The Accelerated Bachelor's to Master of Public Health (ABM) Program allows exceptionally talented undergraduate students to begin coursework for a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree while still completing their undergraduate degree requirements. We welcome students from any major to consider the ABM program and will provide academic advising to assist students in planning their graduate coursework, which students can begin once they have completed 60 undergraduate credit hours (including 36 at UAB). Up to 12 hours of graduate credit can also be counted toward the undergraduate degree. 

Eligibility: UAB students in any major are eligible for this program if they meet eligibility requirements; there are no course prerequisites for admission to the MPH program. The GRE is not required for students with an institutional GPA of 3.5 or above. 

To be considered for the ABM Program, students must have:

  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework completed
  • Minimum 3.5 institutional GPA
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and one from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope directly to the Graduate School.
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and 
  • A one-page CV/resume of academic activities including awards and community service

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and selecting the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Accelerated Bachelors/Master's (MPH). Please include your concentration of interest in the application essay section.

Program Concentrations: The following MPH concentrations are available in this program:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Care Organization
  • Health Care Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership
  • Population Health

Course of study: Undergraduate students can complete most of the core MPH requirements prior to finishing their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697 (Internship), and PUH 695 (Public Health Integrative Experience). Options for completion of core MPH courses include: 

Junior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 610, ENH 600 Online, HCO 600, EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 Online, ENH 600, HB 600, HCO 600 Online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600, EPI 600, HB 600, HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601, ENH 600 Online, HCO 600, EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 Online, ENH 600, HB 600, HCO 600 Online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600, EPI 600, HB 600, HCO 600)
Final Semesters
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 3 hours


 

The Fast Track Master of Public Health Program allows motivated undergraduate students to begin coursework for a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree while still completing their undergraduate degree requirements. We welcome students from any major to consider the Fast Track MPH program and will provide academic advising to assist students in planning their graduate coursework, which students can begin once they have completed 60 undergraduate credit hours (including 36 at UAB).

Eligibility: UAB students in any major are eligible for this program if they meet eligibility requirements; there are no course prerequisites for admission to the MPH program. 

To be considered for the Fast Track Program, students must have:

  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework completed
  • Minimum 3.25 institutional GPA
  • Recommended GRE Scores
    • Verbal: 147
    • Quantitative: 150
    • Analytical Writing: 3.5
    • Note: Applicants with a 3.5 GPA or higher are not required to take the GRE and should consider the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master (ABM) program instead  
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and the remaining two from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope.
  • An interview with the Departmental Program Director (at the discretion of the department)
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and 
  • A one-page CV/resume of academic activities including awards and community service

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and selecting the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Fast Track (MPH). Please include your concentration of interest in the application essay section.

Program Concentrations: The following MPH concentrations are available in this program:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Care Organization
  • Health Care Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership
  • Population Health

Course of study: Undergraduate students can complete most of the core MPH requirements prior to finishing their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697 (Internship), and PUH 695 (Public Health Integrative Experience). Options for completion of core MPH courses include: 
 

Junior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601, ENH 600 online, HCO 600, EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online, ENH 600, HB 600, HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600, EPI 600, HB 600, HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601,ENH 600 online, HCO 600, EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online,ENH 600, HB 600, HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600, EPI 600, HB 600, HCO 600)
Final Semesters
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours 
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 1 Hour

The Early Acceptance to the Master of Public Health Program allows talented high school students to declare their interest in pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, regardless of their undergraduate major. Students have the option of starting MPH core courses once they have completed 60 undergraduate credit hours (including 36 at UAB). Up to 12 hours of graduate credit can also be counted toward the undergraduate degree. A public health academic advisor is available to assist students in planning their MPH curriculum. 

Eligibility: High school students with at least a 3.5 GPA and a score of 30 or higher on the ACT are eligible for this program. To remain eligible, students must maintain a 3.5 institutional GPA while at UAB and earn a grade of B of better in any Master of Public Health coursework attempted while still an undergraduate student.

Program Concentrations: The following MPH concentrations are available in this program:

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Care Organization
  • Health Care Policy
  • Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership
  • Population Health