The UAB School of Public Health's Strategic Plan reflects the school-wide work of faculty and staff, with vetting that included students, during the 2018-2019 academic year. The current version is purposefully similar to the Forging the Future: UAB's Strategic Plan in order to show how the School's plan contributes to the University-wide plan. There are, however, unique attributes to the School's plan, given our focus on prevention and our work with communities. The plan presented here is a dynamic plan that will serve as a guide for our actions and will be constantly adjusted based on the metrics we follow.

  • SOPH Vision

    We aspire to fulfill the great promise of the discipline of public health: to protect and improve the health, safety, and well-being of all. We accomplish this through cutting-edge research, educating future generations of outstanding public health practitioners, and serving our community, state, region, and the world.

  • SOPH Mission

    To make positive and lasting change in the public’s health through the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and service to the larger community.

  • SOPH Shared Values

    Above all else, we value:

    • Diversity and Inclusion: Celebrating what makes us unique and what makes us one school.
    • Ethical Behavior and Integrity: Doing what is right for the right reasons.
    • Collegiality: Practicing mindfulness and accountability in the work-place and modeling professional collaborations for our students.
    • Academic Freedom: Pursuing excellence in our scholarly interests through innovation in teaching, research, and service.
    • Stewardship: Earning the public’s trust in how we engage communities and manage our resources.
  • SOPH Mission Pillars

    The School of Public Health mission is supported by three fundamental pillars. These are:

    • Education: Provide the highest level of public health education preparing our students to be the scholars, researchers, and public health leaders of the future.
    • Research and Discovery: Develop and engage in funded public health cutting-edge research and discovery and their application.
    • Public Health Practice and Community Engagement: Make a difference in our communities by working with our public health stakeholders.
  • SOPH Foundations

    The School of Public Health Mission Pillars rest on two foundations. These are:

    • Fiscal Responsibility and Resource Development: School of Public Health fiscal soundness and infrastructure.
    • Organizational Culture: An organizational culture that supports a balance of education, research, and community engagement.
  • SOPH Strategic Goals

    • Education: Increase the enrollment and graduation of interesting and capable students and improve the quality and relevance of their educational experience.
    • Research and Discovery: Facilitate and increase the discovery, integration, and application of knowledge.
    • Public Health Practice and Community Engagement: Increase and enhance engagement with our public health community stakeholders and alumni.
  • SOPH Foundation Goals

    • Fiscal Responsibility and Resource Development: Improve fiscal soundness and infrastructure, and increase resources.
    • Organizational Culture: Attract and retain excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and students, and create and promote an organizational culture of excellence that supports a balance of education, research, and community engagement.

Education Pillar

Increase the enrollment and graduation of interesting and capable students and improve the quality and relevance of their educational experience.

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Student Enrollment

Undergraduate enrollment449 (AY 17 - 18)

Graduate enrollment507 (AY 17 - 18)
Master - 417
Doctoral - 90

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Online Enrollment

126 (AY 17 - 18)

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Degrees Awarded

205 (AY 17 - 18)
BS - 82
Master - 109
Doctoral - 14

Research and Discovery Pillar

Facilitate and increase the discovery, integration, and application of knowledge.

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Research Funding Ranking

#17 (FY18) ranking in NIH funding among 63 accredited schools of public health

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Research Expenditures

$35 Million (2018)

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Full-Time Faculty

55% of full-time faculty are Principal Investigators (PIs) on at least one extramural reward

Public Health Practice/Community Engagement Pillar

Make a difference in our communities by working with our public health stakeholders.

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Student Engagement

Increase and enhance engagement with our public health community stakeholders and alumni

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Faculty/Staff Engagement

Increase and enhance faculty/staff community engagement

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Community Health

Develop new strategies to impact community health

SOPH Fiscal Responsibility and Resource Development Foundation

Improve School of Public fiscal soundness, infrastructure, and resources.

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Fiscal Responsibility

Improve fiscal soundness and infrastructure

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Resource Development

Increase resources

SOPH Organizational Culture Foundation

Attract and retain excellent and diverse faculty, staff, and students, and create and promote an organizational culture of excellence that supports a balance of education, research, and community engagement.

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Primary Full-Time Faculty

68 (AY 17 - 18)
Women - 37
Underrepresented - 14

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Full-Time Staff

139 (AY 17 - 18)
Women - 96
Underrepresented - 41

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Undergraduate Enrollment Diversity

(AY 17 - 18)
Women - 78.7%
Underrepresented - 58.2%
1st Generation - 21%

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Graduate Enrollment Diversity

(AY 17 - 18)
Women - 66.3%
Underrepresented - 46.4%
1st Generation - 9%