The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an urban campus located on Birmingham's beautiful Southside. UAB is a member of the University of Alabama system and it accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities. UAB consists of thirteen schools including the graduate school and six health-related schools. The UAB Medical Center includes the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Public Health, Nursing, and Health Professions and the University of Alabama Hospitals. UAB Hospital is one of the top medical facilities in the country in terms of quality of health care, with only the Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospitals ranking higher in a recent survey.
The UAB Medical Center has experienced explosive growth in the past decade, with over half a dozen new research buildings or clinical facilities being completed in this time period. The combination of this growth and the quality of research programs conducted at the university has resulted in over $470 million annually in extramural grant support.
Many of the CMBD faculty are associated with special interest research groups that make up many research centers at UAB. The focus of these centers is diverse and include an Arthritis Center, Center for AIDS Research (currently ranked number one in the nation), Comprehensive Cancer Center (currently ranked in the top 10 in the nation), Center for Geographic Medicine, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Center for Aging, Atherosclerosis Center, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Immunological Diseases, Research Center in Oral Biology, Nephrology Research and Training Center, Cardiovascular Research and Training Center, Vaccine Center, Neurosciences Program, Center for Metabolic Bone Disease, and the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
Aside from the medical research complex, UAB Student Life offers a wide variety of activities and programs including intramural and recreational sports, clubs and interest groups, a film series (current, foreign, and classic films), a lecture series, and concerts at Bartow Arena.