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 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:


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