Matthew Fifolt, PhD

Assistant Professor
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Matthew Fifolt, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Fifolt is Principal Investigator for the Alabama Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program; Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Program; Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA); and the Alabama Center for Improving Health of People with Disabilities. Additionally, Dr. Fifolt serves as Co-investigator and Lead Evaluator for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV); Lead Evaluator for the Deep South Biosafety Worker Training Program; and Evaluator for the Southeast AIDS Education & Training (AETC) Practice Transformation

As a quality improvement advisor, Dr. Fifolt has successfully led improvement initiatives for First Teacher, Alabama’s MIECHV home visiting program. He has played an active role in assessing quality initiatives by ACHIA and introduced quality improvement concepts into his work with Project COMPLETe, a multi-stage research project which seeks to build an exercise toolkit for health care providers (HCPs) and people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dr. Fifolt received training from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and currently serves as the quality assurance representative for the UAB Survey Research Unit (SRU).


In addition to his responsibilities in the School of Public Health, Dr. Fifolt holds a secondary appointment in the UAB School of Education and serves as the technical editor of the school’s peer-reviewed journal, the MidSouth Literacy Journal. Dr. Fifolt holds a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama (2006); a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina (1995); and bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University (1993). 



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