Ashleigh AllgoodAshleigh Allgood has it all planned out.

“I chose Health Care Management because I knew I wanted a great foundation in healthcare organization, strategy, and management,” the young professional says. “I wanted to have a unique skill set as I pursued a master’s degree and a career in healthcare quality.”

A 2012 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s B.S. in Health Care Management (HCM) program, Allgood is now earning her Master of Public Health from UAB and her Healthcare Quality and Safety Certificate from the UAB School of Health Professions—all while working at Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF), a non-profit business working to improve healthcare quality in Alabama.

Richardsons 1You could call it UAB legacy.

Ron Richardson, Clinical Director and Owner of TherapySouth – Hoover LLC, earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1974. He is an accomplished physical therapist with nearly 41 years of practice under his belt.

Richardson also serves as a clinical instructor for students from the UAB Department of Physical Therapy. Moreover, his organization, TherapySouth, supports one UAB student every year through the TherapySouth Sponsored Scholarship.

But giving back is only one component of Richardson’s UAB legacy. The other is his son, Ryan Richardson, who graduated from UAB’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in December 2014. Ryan recently joined his father as a physical therapist at TherapySouth.

Derek HuffmanThe Midwest. The Deep South. The Northeast. For Derek Huffman, a 2007 graduate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s  Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences program, no distance is too great when it comes to the pursuit of knowledge.

Originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, Huffman now works as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY. He’s also the Principal Investigator of a lab dedicated to studying the interplay between aging, metabolism, and cancer. “We hope to identify strategies to delay the onset of disease,” he says. “There is an enormous amount of data now to support the importance of diet, physical activity and body weight to susceptibility of age-related diseases, including cancer risk.”

Though he has studied in many states, Huffman insists that the UAB School of Health Professions was vital to his career.

“This journey started in Missouri, but really flourished in Birmingham,” he says.