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School of Public Health Voted as the #3 Best Online MPH Degree by The Bestschools

School of Public Health Voted as the #3 Best Online MPH Degree by The Bestschools

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), a public university founded in 1969, enrolls over 18,000 students in a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. Besides begin known for academics, UAB has a renowned medical center which serves the local community.

The online Master of Public Health degree program at UAB comes with numerous options for specialization including: Environmental Health and Toxicology; Epidemiology; Health Behavior; Health Care Organization; Industrial Hygiene; Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership; and Occupational Health and Safety.

UAB also offers an online Dual Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership with a Master of Social Work, as well as a Master of Science Public Health in Outcomes Research.

Read more about the ranking!

SOPH Alumna Adds Zest to Birmingham’s Rising Food Scene

SOPH Alumna Adds Zest to Birmingham’s Rising Food Scene

Kristen Farmer Hall initially was drawn to UAB’s medical opportunities. Hall (pictured above), a Georgia native who received her bachelor’s degree from Samford University, had intended to become a doctor. But as she worked in postpartum labor and delivery, she became interested instead in public health and the systems of medicine.

That path would ultimately lead her into the restaurant business.

In 2001 Hall received her master’s degree from the School of Public Health focusing on maternal and child health, and the first 13 years of her career related to that field. She served as assistant director of the school’s Lister Hill Center for Health Policy before moving into development at the School of Medicine.

Discover more about Kristen here.

SOPH Researcher and Alumna Part of Team to Develop a Strategic Approach to Assess Training Needs Across a Diverse Region

SOPH Researcher and Alumna Part of Team to Develop a Strategic Approach to Assess Training Needs Across a Diverse Region

Dr. Lisa McCormick, DrPH, MPH, Associate Professor and Director of the UAB School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice (with a joint appointment at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University) worked with a team from the Region IV Public Health Training Center to develop an approach to assess the training needs of the public health workforce.

The Region IV (R-IV) Public Health Training Center (PHTC), headquartered at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, has as a mission to develop and implement programming to train and educate public health professionals in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IV.

Read more about the project here.

SOPH Researchers Provide a Focused Strategic Thinking Approach to State Health Department Accreditation

SOPH Researchers Provide a Focused Strategic Thinking Approach to State Health Department Accreditation

Dr. Peter Ginter, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, Ms. Lauren Wallace, MPH, MPA, and Dr. Andrew Rucks, PhD, Professor and Director of Administration and Fiscal Affairs (all from the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy) at the UAB School of Public Health recently published their approach to developing useful and successful plans for public health departments to pursue accreditation in the latest edition of Pedagogy in Health Promotion.

Public health departments provide many services critical to maintaining healthy populations, including communicable disease control, immunizations, primary care, and emergency preparedness. The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has established an accreditation process for public health departments that measures departmental performance against nationally recognized, evidence-based standards. The goal is to recognize departmental strengths and weaknesses, strengthen partnerships, and promote the prioritization of organizational goals to improve community health. Achieving accreditation from the PHAB requires health departments to develop Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), and Strategic Plan processes. The intent of the CHA is to determine contributing factors for poor health outcomes and assess available resources. Building on the CHA, the CHIP establishes health priorities and improvement strategies, including measurable health outcomes and recommended policy changes.

Find out more about the research.

SOPH Undergraduate Student Takes Summer Studies Abroad Through Gilman Scholarship

SOPH Undergraduate Student Takes Summer Studies Abroad Through Gilman Scholarship

Four University of Alabama at Birmingham students are among 1,200 undergraduate students from 354 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Kenneth Davis, Jane Murphy, Laia-Rose Hudson, and Stevenson Craig.

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program aims to make study abroad experiences accessible to a more diverse population of students and to encourage students to choose less traditional study abroad destinations. It also gives students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles in government and the private sector.

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Two SOPH Students Presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting this Fall

Two SOPH Students Presenting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting this Fall

Ninad Chaudhary (Epidemiology PhD student) and Brook Araya (Undergraduate SOPH student) were selected as one of the 2017 Delta Omega student presenters at the American Public Health Association (APHA). Ninad is 1 of 24 graduate students presenting and Brook is 1 of 15 undergraduate students presenting.

Ninad’s abstract for his poster is titled, “Racial Disparities in Sepsis Mortality in United States Academic Medical Center-Affiliated Hospitals.” Brook’s abstract for his poster is titled, “An mHealth intervention to help African American adolescents make informed sexual health decisions “

Read more about the presentation.