Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program

BME is a young graduate program that has seen dramatic growth in size and quality since its founding. In the late 1980s, there were four faculty members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; today there are several faculty members who  have primary appointments in the department. The BME department has developed a strong record of extramurally funded interdisciplinary research with emphasis in the areas of biomaterials, biomechanics, biomedical imaging, biomedical implants, cardiac electrophysiology, computational biology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. More than 40 faculty from Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Arts & Sciences and Optometry hold secondary appointments in BME and mentor our 45 graduate students.  BME secondary faculty  members teach BME courses, give seminars and lectures to BME students, and serve as thesis advisor or mentor to BME students. Today over 60 UAB scientists and engineers are working collaboratively with BME faculty and students to develop the next generation of biomedical engineering technologies.


Nutrition Sciences Graduate Program

The Ph.D. in Nutrition Sciences program provides training and research experiences in classical nutrition, clinical nutrition, nutrition and disease prevention, and metabolism of nutrients. Students in the program learn the science of nutrition as it relates to maintaining the health of individuals and populations, as well as to the care and treatment of individuals with a variety of diseases.


School of Public Health: Health Care Organization and Policy

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH Program in HCOP develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations (1) Public Health Management, (2) Maternal and Child Health Policy, and (3) Outcomes Research.

School of Public Health: Biostatistics

The Department of Biostatistics includes concentrations in research methods, statistical genetics and clinical trials. The Department plans to add concentrations in neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, epidemiological methods, and others that align with disciplines in the UAB SOPH. We offer training both at the graduate and post-doctoral level. At the graduate level, the Department offers the PhD degrees in Biostatistics to MSTP students.

School of Public Health: Epidemiology

Our goal for the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology is to prepare exceptionally qualified individuals for a career of research and teaching in the field of epidemiology. Epidemiology has been a central part of medicine and public health at UAB since the early 1970's. Our Epidemiology Program faculty has active research grants totaling over $15M for projects in Alabama, the United States, and around the world. Specific areas of concentration within the broader field of epidemiology include occupational epidemiology, infectious disease epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, pharmacoepidemiology and genetic epidemiology. The aim of the Ph.D. program is to provide students with a firm background in study designs and statistical analyses to investigate the cause of a disease and its distribution to develop new methods for control and prevention. Candidates in our program will master skills in the design, method, analysis, and interpretation of epidemiologic studies required for conducting independent research in epidemiology. Students have the opportunity to obtain instruction in the basic sciences outside the School of Public Health. Students who complete the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology will have specific research skills in epidemiology that are applicable to both basic science and public health research.


School of Health Professions: Rehabilitation Sciences

Rehabilitation Science is an exciting field that focuses on helping patients with disabilities live their lives to the fullest. Our students seek to advance rehabilitation knowledge by participating in specialized research and teaching opportunities and gain a holistic viewpoint through experiences at a world-class research institution. You may choose to pursue academia, government and policy sectors, or continue to practice in the industry upon graduation. The aim of this program is to prepare candidates to become leaders in teaching and research within the field of rehabilitation science and is not a clinical training program.


School of Optometry: Vision Science Graduate Program

Vision Science graduate students pursuing a master’s or a doctoral degree are part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment and guided by faculty from several academic disciplines spanning multiple schools and departments including optometry, ophthalmology, neurobiology, neurology, psychology, behavioral neuroscience, occupational therapy, rehabilitation science and more. The vision science graduate program is organized into four basic themes: ocular biology, systems neuroscience, biomedical optics and patient-based vision research. The program also offers a combined clinical degree (OD/MS) which prepares students for a career that combines clinical practice with vision science research.