The Graduate Program

The graduate program in Medical Sociology is designed to provide students with the coursework and research experiences necessary to be leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

The curriculum includes a strong core of sociological theory, research methodology, and basic medical sociology courses encompassing the organizational, societal, and interpersonal dimensions of health, illness, and medical care. Students study the social and cultural bases of health beliefs and behaviors, the role of context in health, organizational structures of health care, and the demography of health and aging, to name just a few examples.

UAB's nationally-ranked medical center and its associated graduate and professional schools provide an exciting, dynamic atmosphere for interdisciplinary graduate study. Faculty and students in the Medical Sociology program collaborate with colleagues in numerous UAB centers and departments, including:

  • UAB Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
  • Center for AIDS Research
  • Center for Social Medicine
  • Geriatric Education Center
  • School of Public Health
  • The Department of Medicine
  • Veteran's Administration Hospital.

For New Students!!

Prestigious Graduate Fellowships will be awarded in 2015-2016

Students applying for the PhD program by February 10 year will be considered for the UAB Graduate Fellowship in the Arts and Sciences award. This prestigious fellowship offers an annual stipend of $32,000 per year, plus tuition and fees, and honors applicants to PhD programs in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences who show exceptional promise in research and scholarship. Awardees will be notified by March 1 each year. Fellowships typically are granted for two years, contingent on satisfactory progress and department recommendation.

For more information about the Sociology Ph.D. program, please contact the Graduate Director:

  Patricia Drentea, Ph.D
460R Heritage Hall
1401 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152
Phone: 205-934-2562

For more information about the MA (Online Professional) program, please contact:


  Cullen Clark, Ph.D
460M Heritage Hall
1401 University Blvd.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1152
Phone: 205-934-8680