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.

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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.

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. Henna 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.

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).

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.

Mike Demand (PhD 2000) is Vice President, Health & Care Management, at Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Des Moines, Iowa. Wellmark provides health insurance services to two million people nationally. In his role Mike leads the company's medical policy administration, utilization management, case management, disease management, wellness, clinical appeals, health management innovation, and quality management programs.

Deborah Ejem. Deborah Ejem (PhD 2014) is a post-doctoral scholar at the UAB School of Nursing. She recently was awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), to explore how significant a factor spirituality is in the relationships among patients with chronic illnesses, their caregivers, and their clinicians.

Lee Anne Flagg. Lee Anne Flagg (PhD 2015) is an Associate Service Fellow at the Mortality Statistics Branch within the Division of Vital Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics. She will be monitoring the quality of the mortality data.

Lynn Gerald. Lynn B. Gerald (PhD, MSPH, 1997) is Canyon Ranch Endowed Chair and Professor in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, at the University of Arizona and Associate Director of Clinical Research for the Asthma and Airways Disease Research Center.

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.

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.

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.