Outcomes and effectiveness research compares different diagnostic and treatment approaches and tests those methods to improve care delivery and patient outcomes.

Health disparities research investigates different biological, social determinants, healthcare use, and outcomes between general population and groups who experience obstacles to health based on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic factors, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, etc.  

Population health research uses observational and interventional studies to understand delivery and reimbursement models of healthcare.  

The purpose of this focus area is three-fold:

  1. to generate scientific evidence - “discovery of delivery”, guiding clinical care and facilitating informed decision-making;

  2. to lead UAB to be patient and community centered - informing research questions and facilitating projects in the full spectrum of scientific inquiry and studying regional high risk populations; and

  3. to serve as resource to UAB, health care systems, industry, communities, and government by disseminating research knowledge and implementing evidence-based practice.