Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center whose professional schools and specialty patient care programs are consistently ranked as among the nation's top 50. Since opening its doors in 1969, UAB has used its entrepreneurial spirit to rapidly evolve from a small extension center into a comprehensive research university that encompasses 82 city blocks. What once was a commuter school for just over 5,000 students is now home to more than 17,000 students, of whom nearly 11,000 are undergraduates. For more information, please visit the UAB website at

The UAB School of Health Professions (SHP) is one of the largest health professions schools in the nation with more than 20 innovative programs at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree levels.  Several of its programs are nationally-ranked, including the graduate programs in health administration, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, and surgical physician assistant. SHP is one of six schools comprising the world-renowned UAB Academic Health Center, which enables students access to vast resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and progressive research during their academic and clinical education.  Since 1969 when the school was established, SHP has been ranked in the top two in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health for schools of its type. SHP faculty lead and participate in a number of multi-disciplinary UAB research centers.