School of Public Health


MISSION:
To develop, teach and apply knowledge to promote health and prevent disease.

VISION: A community of outstanding scholars and professionals leading innovation in public health and recognized for improving the health of the citizens of Alabama and the world.

The School of Public Health has five goals: Educational Excellence, Research and Scholarship, Service to Community and State, Community/Financial Support and Living/Learning/Working Environment.  

Goal 1: Educational Excellence
We will offer exceptional undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that prepare diverse students to lead, teach, conduct research, provide professional services, become the prominent scholars and societal leaders of the future, and contribute to our region's prosperity. (This goal encompasses both Goal 1 and 2 of the University Goals).

Objectives to accomplish Educational Excellence
1.1 Attract and retain the most highly qualified students possible (1-7)
1.2 Demonstrate educational competency of all graduates (8-13)
1.3 Demonstrate excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising (14-17)
1.4 Provide the faculty with the tools necessary to excel (18)

Indicators of Success
1.1 Attract and retain the most highly qualified students possible

  • Benchmarks
    • Undergraduate enrollment of 200 and Graduate enrollment of 400 by 2015
    • Average Scores: > ACT 25 and GRE: verbal >35%tile; quantitative > 40%tile
    • >15 doctoral degrees awarded annually
    • >25% of Total Number of new students receiving tuition support for Graduate Study
    • >20% minority enrollment (Percentage of undergraduate, masters and post-masters students whose race is Black, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian, or multicultural and are US citizens/permanent residents Fall term)
    • >25% of the MPH students with five or more years of work experience
    •   >15% of the Masters and Doctoral student body is outside of US

1.2 Demonstrate educational competency of all graduates

  • Benchmarks

    • >85% masters students demonstrate mastery of public health competencies (Pre/Post)
    • >80% of MPH students very satisfied/satisfied with quality of educational program (Grad Survey)
    • >70% of masters students (MPH) graduate within two years
    • >40% of undergraduates graduate within 5 years
    • >80% of employers report students are prepared for workforce (Employee Survey)
    • >80% of test takers pass National Board of Public Health certifying examination
    • >80% of graduates seeking employment are employed within 6 months of graduation
1.3 Demonstrate excellent teaching, mentoring, and advising
  • Benchmarks

    • >80% teaching evaluations scored >4 (IDEA Survey)
    • >80% students very satisfied/satisfied with advising (Graduation Survey)
    • >80% of credit hours taught by regular instructional faculty
    • >95% of faculty have terminal degree
1.4 Provide faculty with the tools necessary to excel
  • Benchmarks

    • >50% of faculty participate in at least one Faculty Development offering annually (FAR)

Goal 2: Research and Scholarship
We will expand UAB’s capability to discover and share new knowledge that benefits society spurs innovation, fosters the region’s economic development, and further positions UAB as an internationally renowned research university

Objectives to accomplish Collaborative and Innovative Research Enterprise
2.1 Demonstrate a community of outstanding scholars (1-6)

Indicators of Success
2.1 Demonstrate a community of outstanding scholars

  • Benchmarks

    • % of faculty who are PIs on grants
    • % of faculty who have two or more articles each year
    • % of faculty who have press/media quotes
    • # of faculty patent application
    • % of extramural salary coverage at 65% or higher
    • % of faculty who participate in boards and/or study sections

2.2 Utilize the Edge of Chaos to facilitate interdisciplinary research and development

  • Benchmarks

    • # of interdisciplinary scholarship meetings held to develop proposals and/or peer review articles.

Goal 3: Commitment to Service
We will partner with our community and state to improve education, health, quality of life and economic development.

Objectives to accomplish Commitment to Service
3.1 Develop school-based service programs (1) (List)
3.2 Foster active faculty participation in external professional activities that advance public health knowledge and foster closer local, state, national and international collaboration. (2-4)
3.3 Educate Alabama Public Health workforce (5)
3.4 Engage in in-service activities that strengthen the school’s ties to local, regional, national and international communities. (6)

Indicators of Success
3.1 Develop school-based service programs

  • Benchmarks

    • Sponsor two school wide service program each year

3.2 Facilitate faculty service opportunities

  • Benchmarks

    • >80% of faculty participate in a professional organization
    • >50% of faculty participate in boards and/or study sections
    • # of community service activities per faculty

3.3   Educate Alabama Public Health Workforce

  • Benchmark
    • >50% of MPH graduates remain in Alabama (Graduation Survey)

3.4 Engage in in-service activities that strengthen the school’s ties to local, regional, national and international communities.

  • Benchmark

    • List of school service activities

Goal 4: Resource Development
We will partner with our community and state to improve education, health, quality of life and economic development.

Objectives to accomplish Resource Development
4.1 Increase donor contributions (1-2)
4.2 Increase scholarship endowments (3)
4.3 Maintain connections with alumni (5)

Indicators of Success
4.1 Increase donor contributions

  • Benchmarks

    • Meet or exceed UAB Scorecard benchmarks for private gifts
    • Meet or exceed UAB Scorecard benchmarks for number of donors

4.2 Increase endowments (3)

  • Benchmarks

    • Increase number of endowed chairs
    • Increase number of endowed professorships
    • Increase number of endowed scholarship

4.4 Increase Alumni Participation (4)

  • Benchmarks

    • Maintain or Exceed UAB Scorecard for benchmark for alumni society membership
    • Maintain or Exceed UAB Scorecard for benchmark for alumni giving

Goal 5: Living/Learning/Working Environment
We will create a consumer friendly, positive, supportive, and diverse environment in which students, faculty and staff can excel.

Objectives to accomplish Work Environment
5.1 Attract and retain the most highly qualified faculty, staff, and students (1 – 2)
5.2 Ensure diversity of faculty, staff, and students (3-6)

Indicators of Success
5.1 Attract and retain the most highly qualified faculty, staff, and students possible

  • Benchmarks (student benchmarks in 1.1)

    • >95% of faculty have terminal degrees
    • >90% of faculty salaries at peer group mean
    • >10% of administrators who are minority
    • >40% of administrators are women
    • >20% of faculty are minority
    • >30% of faculty are women
    • Number of departments with formal junior faculty mentorship programs