The Mission of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy is to connect and support those seeking to improve health outcomes through policy. 



  1. Enhance opportunities for policy collaboration through educating both faculty and students
  2. Create opportunities for dissemination of information through newsletters and policy briefs
  3. Fund academic research seeking to impact health policy
  4. Provide reputable data sources for academic research
  5. Empower students and community leaders to affect policy change



ListerHillJoseph Lister Hill (1894 – 1984), an Alabama native named for the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, Sir Joseph Lister, served his home state in the U. S. Congress for over 45 years. Of his many accomplishments, two in particular influenced public health. First, he co-authored the 1946 Hill-Burton Act, which eventually helped to finance 9,200 medical facilities and was credited with raising the number of hospital beds in low-income states and bringing medical care to rural areas. Second, as the chair of the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee, Hill built partnerships with citizen-advocates and activist physicians to bring unheard of increases in federal funding to medical research. This research was conducted through the National Institutes of Health and by 1967 represented more than 40% of biomedical research performed in the United States.

On May 1, 1987 the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy was formed with the objective to "refocus national health policy upon such goals as the development of a proactive health care system, the integration of treatment and prevention strategies and the reduction of societally imposed threats to health."

For over three decades, the Lister Hill Center has sponsored a number of seminars and research workshops. The Center has funded several research scholars over the years.

In the past year, we’ve taken a new turn with the Lister Hill Center. We want to expand the Center beyond the School of Public Health and beyond UAB. We’re instituting some new programs and initiatives, which you can learn more about on the Resources page.