Additional Programs for PhD Studies

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program

BME is a young graduate program that has seen dramatic growth in size and quality since its founding. In the late 1980s, there were four faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; today 13 faculty members have primary appointments in the department. The BME department has developed a strong record of extramurally funded interdisciplinary research with emphasis in the areas of biomaterials, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, biomedical implants, cardiac electrophysiology, computational biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. More than 40 faculty from Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Arts & Sciences and Optometry hold secondary appointments in BME and mentor our 45 graduate students.  BME secondary faculty members teach BME courses, give seminars and lectures to BME students, and serve as thesis advisor or mentor to BME students. Today over 60 UAB scientists and engineers are working collaboratively with BME faculty and students to develop the next generation of biomedical engineering technologies.


Nutrition Sciences Graduate Program

The Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences program provides training and research experiences in classical nutrition, clinical nutrition, nutrition and disease prevention, and metabolism of nutrients. Students in the program learn the science of nutrition as it relates to maintaining the health of individuals and populations, as well as to the care and treatment of individuals with a variety of diseases.


School of Public Health: Health Care Organization and Policy

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH Program in HCOP develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations (1) Public Health Management, (2) Maternal and Child Health Policy, and (3) Outcomes Research.