Many of our graduates work in academic teaching positions in departments of sociology and schools of medicine, public health, and nursing. Others are employed as counselors, research program directors in medical schools and industry, government researchers, and academic researchers.

What is your story? We would like you to share it with us, with our students, and the world — read the stories of some of our alumni on this page, and let us know if you have a story to tell. Do you want to become involved in the department? We welcome your ideas and participation. Or perhaps you would like to know how to give to the department and help support its mission.
Philip Alan Gibson. Philip Alan Gibson (PhD 2015) is a Healthcare Analyst in the Health Management Department at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. In addition to a PhD in Medical Sociology, Dr. Gibson holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Lori Bateman. Lori Brand Bateman (PhD 2014) is currently a research associate in the Division of Preventive Medicine, UAB School of Medicine, and program director for the Mid-South Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for the study of Health Disparities.

Henna Budhwani. Dr. Budhwani (PhD 2012) is Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Education in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy and Deputy Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health.

Yue Cao. Yue Cao (PhD 2012) holds the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science and Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. He previously worked at the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, where he completed his Postdoc training.

libby yost smallLibby Yost (PhD 2012) is a visiting professor at the College of William and Mary. She teaches many courses including medical sociology, global health issues, gender, health and technology, and social gerontology. Libby’s publications reflect her work in examining gender in STEM science, technology and aging.
David Buys. David R. Buys (PhD 2011) is an Extension health specialist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (Mississippi State University).

Tim Hale. Timothy M. Hale (PhD 2011) is Associate Director, User Centered Design Connected Health Innovation, at Partners HealthCare, Inc., and an Instructor in Dermatology at Harvard Medical School.

Jay A IrwinJay A. Irwin (PhD 2009) is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also holds appointments in Women's and Gender Studies at UNO, serves as the advisor for UNO's LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies Minor, and is an Associate Professor at University of Nebraska Medical Center's School of Public Health.

Lonnie Hannon. Dr. Lonnie Hannon (PhD 2007) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology/Sociology at Tuskegee University. As a part of his personal mission, he is focused on helping his students achieve their most positive selves via collective empowerment and self-determination.

Brian P. Hinote. Dr. Brian P. Hinote (PhD 2007) is an Associate Professor and Administrative Fellow in the Office of Student Success at Middle Tennessee State University. He also serves as the coordinator and liaison for the Health Care Informatics concentration of MTSU’s MSPS program, and is Editor-in-Chief of Sociological Spectrum, a peer-reviewed journal in the social sciences.

Akilah Dulin Keita. Akilah Dulin Keita (PhD 2007) is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Brown University

Leigh Willis. Dr. Willis (PhD 2004) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Georgia. He earned his PhD in Sociology from UAB in 2004 as well as a Master's in Public Health in 2003.

Jeffrey Hall. Dr. Hall (PhD, MSPH, 2003) is a Senior Service Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Etiology and Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention.

Godfrey Fuji Noe. Dr. Noe (PhD 2002) is Director of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at Georgia Perimeter College in Decatur, Georgia.

Beverly Williams. Dr. Williams (PhD 2002) is an Assistant professor in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine in the UAB School of Medicine.

Karim Abu-Omar. Dr. Abu-Omar (PhD 2001) is a faculty member at the Institute of Sport Science and Sport (ISS) of Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (Germany). He is also head of the WHO Collaborating Center for Physical Activity and Public Health at the ISS.