Students enrolled in the MPH, MSPH (ENH IHY concentration only), and DrPH programs must consent to and complete a criminal background check prior to starting their internship or practicum. Students will be restricted from enrolling in the courses associated with the internship/practicum until the background check is completed; failure to complete the internship/practicum in a timely manner will be considered “failure to progress” and may result in dismissal from the program.

The UAB School of Public Health is working with the third-party vendor, CastleBranch.com, to complete criminal background checks for students in the programs listed above. The cost of the background check is $45.75, which is payable by the student to CastleBranch directly.

Completing the Order for Your Background Check

  1. Download the student’s background check consent form
  2. Students sign and return the consent form to Cheryl Johnson in the SOPH Office of Student and Academic Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  3. Download the CastleBranch.com instruction sheet
  4. Go to the CastleBranch website at mycb.castlebranch.com.
  5. In the Place Order box at the top right corner of the page, enter the package code IQ40oig.
  6. Please review the instructions and then click in the checkbox to continue.
  7. Follow the online instructions to enter all requested information to complete your order.
    • If you are not a US citizen and therefore do not have a Social Security Number, please enter 111-11-1111 to proceed with your order.
  8. Enter your payment information. The cost of the background check is $45.75.
  9. Students will receive an order confirmation email with directions on how to log in to the MyCB CastleBranch account to check the status of their order.
  10. Students will receive alerts in the CastleBranch dashboard if additional information is needed.

What Type of Information is Searched by CastleBranch.com?

  • County Criminal Records
  • Nationwide Sexual Offender Index
  • Nationwide Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
  • Nationwide Patriot Act
  • Social Security Alert
  • Residency History

What if I have Questions or Problems?

  • If you have general questions about completing the CastleBranch Background Check order, please visit their help page.
  • For assistance with the Background Check, please contact CastleBranch’s Customer Service at (888) 723-4263.

Your results will be posted directly to your CastleBranch profile account. You will be notified if there is any missing information needed in order to process your order. The school’s administrator will also securely view your results online with their unique username and password. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Service Desk at (888) 723-4263 or visit the website to submit your question.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about background check waivers as of July 25, 2022. 

Are Medical Students exempt from the background check?

No, MPH students are required to complete an internship.

If an international student completes his/her degree outside the US (including the completion of the internship) are they exempt from the background check?

Yes, international students completing their program outside the US are exempt from the background check requirement.

UAB employees (and employees in other organizations) are required to complete a Background Check for employment. Can SOPH receive some type of background check validation from Human Resource departments so that the background check requirement can be waived?

No, we cannot get verification of completion from a HR department.

  • HR departments will be unable to release the background check report/results to a department/school.
  • The background check that is administered by other institutions may not cover the same parameters as CastleBranch (PUH Background Check).

If a student completes their internship at their place of employment, can they be waived from completing the SOPH background check?

Yes, the background check can be waived upon request.

  • The student must request a waiver in writing with a validation from the organization/internship site stating that the employee/student has completed an employee background check which is sufficient for their internship.
  • Validation can be sent to Cheryl Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If a student is a full-time employee at UAB and completes their internship at UAB, are they required to complete the SOPH background check?

No. If a student works at UAB as a full-time or part-time employee (not a student employee) and completes their internship at UAB, they will not be required to complete the CastleBranch background check.

  • The student’s employment status will need to be verified.
  • Validation can be sent to Cheryl Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are students who complete their internship remotely exempt from the background check?

Yes. Students who will complete their internship remotely are waived from the SOPH background check requirement. The internship coordinator must verify that the internship will be completely remote.

Are students in the coordinated programs required to complete a background check If they have already completed one for another program (i.e., Social Work, or Physical Therapy)?

No. If a student in a coordinated degree program has completed a background check for their practicum or internship for that program, they are not required to complete the SOPH background check.

They will need to provide proof of completion of the background check.

If the student does not pass the background check, what happens?

It was decided that failure to pass the background check will not keep a student from receiving admissions or completing an internship and/or degree.

  • If asked by the organization (internship site), the student would need to make the background check report available. Only the student can disclose an offense listed on the report to the organization.
  • If the student cannot clear up the offense, it will limit the number of internships available to the student. Nevertheless, it will be up to the organization to determine if they will select the student for that intern.

Wherever you are in your educational journey, we look forward to helping you further your studies and career at the UAB School of Public Health. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Students in the lobby of the Ryals Public Health building. Tuition

The UAB School of Public Health continues to be one of the most affordable options among all accredited schools and programs of public health. Detailed information on tuition and fees can be found on UAB's Paying for College website.

Scholarships

We also offer a variety of scholarships for talented students who demonstrate the potential to make an impact in the field of public health. Eligibility requirements for specific scholarships can be found below.

All applications for UAB and School of Public Health scholarships should be submitted through BSMART, UAB’s comprehensive scholarship management tool.

Applicants are also encouraged to visit Financing Your Degree at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health website for strategies on applying for scholarships and additional scholarship opportunities in public health.

Eligibility

The following are general eligibility requirements for applicants pursuing Master’s degrees in the School of Public Health. Note: all doctoral applicants should contact their department directly to discuss funding opportunities.

  • Domestic students (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) with greater than 3.0 GPA are eligible for scholarships as of the first Fall semester in which they are enrolled. Apply by February 1 through BSMART for full consideration.
  • International students with greater than 3.0 GPA are eligible for scholarships during their second year of enrollment. Students should apply by February 1 (Spring semester of their first full year) through BSMART for full consideration.
  • Students applying for scholarships prior to enrolling in the UAB School of Public Health do not have to submit a letter of recommendation.
  • All current students should submit one letter of recommendation from a UAB School of Public Health faculty member, unless this is your first semester of enrollment. In that case, you will be allowed to submit a letter of recommendation from a former college instructor, advisor, or an employer.

Some scholarships have additional eligibility requirements. They are noted in the descriptions below.

Dean's Excellence in Research Doctoral Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include:

  • New doctoral applicants for the upcoming academic year
  • All PhD and DrPH concentrations
  • Doctoral student must be a full-time student; stipend will not allow the student to work outside of the SOPH
  • Primary consideration is Merit and Potential to excel. This scholarship is intended to attract the highest quality applicants.

About

Beginning in 2023, each year, the Dean will award one fully funded doctoral scholarship in each department with a goal of recruiting, retaining, and graduating public health doctoral students of high distinction from the UAB School of Public Health. The scholarship includes up to four years as the period of coverage; exceptions may be made for extending beyond four years on a case-by-case basis. The scholarship includes full tuition, insurance, plus a stipend not lower than the current 12-month NIH NRSA level.

Each awardee will have research and teaching responsibilities. Each recipient will work with a faculty mentor from the UAB School of Public Health with expertise aligned with the student’s interests, who will in turn be the student’s primary advisor and mentor. Students will be expected to participate directly in research activities beginning in year one. Over a period of three successive course offerings (of the same course), the student will progress from Teaching Assistant, to Co-Instructor, to teaching the course.

Renewal

Each student will be required to form an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and will be reviewed for progress by the student’s Primary Research and Teaching Mentors, the Department Chair, and the Department’s Doctoral Program Director. Based on this review, the Department Chair will recommend to the Dean to continue or discontinue funding.

Notification of award

Recipients will be awarded in Spring/Summer 2023 for a Fall 2023 start date.

Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Epidemiology students with an interest in hospital epidemiology and/or infection prevention and plan to work in the State of Alabama following graduation.

About

APIC - Alabama (Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Alabama Chapter) has made a generous pledge for the purpose of creating a scholarship at the University of Alabamat at Birmingham (UAB). Funds from the scholarship will be used to assist deserving students who are enrolled in the graduate program in the School of Public Health at UAB.

Recipients

  • 2017-2018: Demetria Hubbard, MSPH, Epidemiology
  • 2016-2017: Demetria Hubbard, MSPH, Epidemiology

Alfred A. Bartolucci Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • students in Biostatistics

About

Friends, colleagues, and admirers of Alfred A. Bartolucci have made generous gifts for the purpose of creating a scholarship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Spendable earnings from the scholarship will be used to assist deserving students who are enrolled in the School of Public Health, Biostatistics program at UAB.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Phillip Hunter Allman, MS, Biostatistics
  • 2014-2015: Dongning He, MS, Biostatistics

Bill and Judy Bridgers Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA

About

This scholarship was established by alumni, colleagues and friends to recognize our founding dean (William F. Bridgers, MD, 1932-2006) and his wife Judy for their years of leadership and service to public health. Special consideration is given to those who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in public health.

Recipients

  • 2015-2016: Leonardo Carrubba, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2014-2015: Erik Perkins, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2013-2014:
    • Gabrielle Rocque, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Katherine Wood, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013:
    • Kathryn Drumhiller, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Stephanie Mathis, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2011-2012: Bailey Murphy, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011:
    • Jordan Morgan, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Alla Mahdi, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010:
    • Laura Chamlee, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Allison Tohme, MPH, Health Behavior

Sonny Callahan Student Scholars Program Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • participation and leadership in extracurricular activities and community service

About

Friends, colleagues, and admirers established this scholarship to Representative Sonny Callahan for his years of service to our State and Country. Specific criteria include a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate and/or graduate work. Special consideration is given to those whose background experience indicates a desire to be an effective citizen by participation and leadership in extracurricular and/or community activities.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017:
    • Alysse Sephel, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Victoria Quadrini, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Aundrea Bevis, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2015-2016:
    • Alexandra Hunter, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Erica Mann, MPH, Health Care Organization & Policy
  • 2014-2015:
    • Erin Schmale, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Kimberly Phillips, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Mariel Parman, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2013-2014: Kathryn McGriff, MPH, Health Care Organization & Policy
  • 2012-2013:
    • Tamara Hue, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Kelly Kotarek, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2011-2012:
    • Scott Russell, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Carrie Kilpatrick, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2010-2011:
    • Ben Davis, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Anatasia Hartzes, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2009-2010:
    • Jamie Stiller, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Taylor Poston, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Kelsey Eliasson, MPH, Health Behavior

Isaac E. Capilouto Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • preference is given to international students

About

Family, friends, and admirers of Dr. Isaac Capilouto established this scholarship in his memory and legacy. Special consideration is that to the extent permitted by law, preference will be given to international students (non-U.S. citizens/permanent residents). In addition, consideration will also be given to TOEFL scores, past professional experience, and clarity of future career goals.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Stevie Nappoe, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2015-2016: Bigyan Mainali, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2014-2015: Oluwole Adegbala, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2013-2014: Henry Ogbeifun, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013: Ugochukwu Maduforo, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012: Anastasia Arynchyna, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011: Collins Aigbogun, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2009-2010: Herpreet Thind, Ph.D., Health Behavior

Billy R. Cox Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • students who demonstrate an interest in public health in the LGBT population

About

Family, friends, and admirers of Billy R. Cox established this scholarship in his memory and legacy. Specific criteria include students who demonstrate an interest in public health for the gay, lesbian, bi and transgender populations.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Amy Ball, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2015-2016: Asia Sullivan, MPH, General MPH (Dual PA/MPH)
  • 2013-2015: Shaquita Borden, PhD, Health Behavior
  • 2009-2013: Tommie Watkins, PhD, Health Behavior

Dean's Merit Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.5 GPA

About

Each academic year the Dean offers first year MPH, MS, and MSPH degree-seeking graduate students the opportunity to apply for the distinguished Dean's Academic Excellence Merit Scholarship. The primary purpose of this scholarship is to award those individuals who have demonstrated academic excellence and who exemplify outstanding leadership potential to pursue studies and careers in the field of public health. Due to federal and state funding regulation, first year international students are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Department of Epidemiology Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • students in Epidemiology

About

This scholarship was established by Dr. Donna Arnett, alumni, faculty, and friends of the Department of Epidemiology. Specific criteria include recipients being full-time students in the Department of Epidemiology.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Sophia Guan, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2014-2015: Anna Faurot, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2013-2014: Matthew Honkanen, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2012-2013: Erica Johnson, PhD, Epidemiology
  • 2011-2012: Steven Wise, MPH, Epidemiology

H. Kenneth Dillon Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • students in Environmental Health Sciences

About

In recognition of his service as a scholar, mentor, teacher, and friend, this scholarship was established by family, alumni, friends, and admirers in his honor and memory. Specific criteria include recipients being full-time students in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Recipients

  • 2015-2016: Kailtin Pridemore, MPMPHH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2014-2015:
    • Yesenia Rector, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Jordan Roberts, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2013-2014: Sharia Hudson, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2012-2013: Alisha Sledge, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2011-2012: Rahil Khan, MSPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2010-2011: Brittany Travis, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2009-2010: Adrienne King, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences

Robert P. Ginter Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • students in Health Care Organization & Policy

About

This scholarship was established by family and friends to honor the memory of Mr. Ginter and his years of service to our country, his family, and community. Specific criteria include recipients being full-time students in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Hannah Craft, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2015-2016: Amelia Russell, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2014-2015: Philip Dockery, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2013-2014: Rebekah Smay, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013: Sarah Jones, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012: Anne Epstein, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011: Karen Williams, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010: Olivia Telle, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy

Theresa A. Habshey Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • special consideration is given to students who demonstrate financial need

About

Theresa A. Habshey has made a generous gift for the purpose of creating a scholarship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Spendable earnings from the scholarship will be used to assist deserving students who are enrolled in the graduate program in the School of Public Health at UAB.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Megan Lacy, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • underrepresented, low income, or minority students

About

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation created this scholarship to support minority public health students. Specific criteria include the following: recipients must be from under-represented, low-income, minority populations with a demonstrated financial need, and a commitment to pursue a future career in public health. The recipient must also be a U.S. citizen who plans to permanently reside in the U.S. after completion of degree.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017:
    • Anondo Banerjee, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Bria Wilson, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Khushbu Khatri, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Tierra Warrick, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2015-2016:
    • Essence Leftride, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Kisa Harris, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Myrline Gillot, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2014-2015:
    • Raina Brooks, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Jalysia Roberts, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Alyssa Carodine, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Tiffany Chambers, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2013-2014:
    • Yasmine Cargill, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Haglaeeh Contreras, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013:
    • Noruwa Agho, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Sherri Hudson, MSPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Cecilia Robinson, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012:
    • Abena Afriyie, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Ashley Hardeman, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Chenoia Bryant, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Orrin Ware, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2010-2011:
    • Chenoia Bryant, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Whitney Garner, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Shermetria Massingale, MPH Health Behavior
  • 2009-2010:
    • Tommie Watkins, PhD, Health Behavior
    • Bennie Taylor, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Malorie Givan, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Cheri Holmes, DrPH, Health Behavior

Herman Lehman Jr. Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • legal residents of the state of Alabama

About

This scholarship was created by a group of grateful alumni and friends to honor the memory of a beloved founding faculty member of the School. Specific criteria include recipients being legal residents of the State of Alabama.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Brenna Terry, MPH, Environmental Health Science
  • 2014-2015: Alexander Thompson, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2013-2014: Bellamy Hawkins, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2012-2013: Karen Hart, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2011-2012: Sarah Frazier, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011: Chad Calvert, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010: Marry Ellen Debardeleben, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy

Charlotte and Robert Lowder Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA

About

The law firm of Sirote and Permutt established this scholarship to honor Robert and Charlotte Lowder for their years of devoted community service.

Recipients

  • 2014-2015: Matthew Whipple, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2013-2014: Stephanie Tison, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2012-2013: Gaybrielle Moore, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2011-2012: Antionette Smith Epps, DrPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011: Michelle Pickett, MPH Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010: Sarah Hemmings, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences

Max Michael First Generation Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • special consideration is given to first-generation college students

About

Marian Cooper Wilson and Mark E. Wilson have made a generous gift for the purpose of creating a scholarship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Spendable earnings from the scholarship will be used to assist deserving students who are enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate program at the School of Public Health at UAB.

Ira L. Myers Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • members of the Alabama Public Health Association (AlPHA)

About

The scholarship is awarded to honor Ira L. Myers, former Alabama State Health Officer, for his 40 years of dedicated service to the citizens of the State of Alabama.

Eligibility requirements for the Ira L. Myers Scholarship include membership in the Alabama Public Health Association (AlPHA). Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) and be fully admitted (not on academic probation) to the School of Public Health. Special consideration is given to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Jessica Blair, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2015-2016: Carolyn Robbins, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2014-2015: Anna Bianchi, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2013-2014: Anna Bianchi, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013: Evan Floyd, PhD, Environmental Health Science
  • 2011-2012: Sherri Davidson, PhD, Epidemiology
  • 2010-2011: Loyd Leslie, MPH, Maternal and Child Health
  • 2009-2010: Jonathan Drewry, DrPH, Maternal and Child Health

National Alumni Society Dean's Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA

About

This scholarship was established by the University of Alabama at Birmingham National Alumni Society.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: James Friedman, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2015-2016:
    • Ambika Srivastava, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Caroline Keller, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Asia Sullivan, BS, Public Health
    • Sarahanne Davidson, BS, Public Health
  • 2014-2015:
    • Carl Okerberg, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Fatima Iqbal, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2013-2014:
    • John Sides, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Ebony Townsend, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2012-2013:
    • Thomas Skinner, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Sinkfield, Tiara, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012: Kachina Kudroff, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2010-2011: Katherine Haralson, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010: Michelle Kenney, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences

Juan M. Navia Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • must demonstrate a commitment to international aspects of public health

About

This scholarship was established by alumni, colleagues, and friends to recognize the second dean of the school and the first director of the Sparkman Center for International Public Health Education (Juan M. Navia, Ph.D., 1927-2010) for his years of leadership and service to public health. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the international aspects of public health as was a priority of Dr. Navia. Preference will be given to first year Master of Public Health (MPH) students.

Recipients

  • 2015-2016: Jessica Austin, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2014-2015: Modupeluwa Durojaiye, PhD, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2013-2014: Chloe Bennion, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2012-2013: Elizabeth Adie, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012: Melonie Walcott, DrPH, Epidemiology

Donna Lee Rickert Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • students in the maternal and child health program in Health Care Organization & Policy

About

This scholarship was established by family, colleagues, and friends of Donna Rickert to honor her memory and commitment to public health. Specific criteria include recipients being students in the maternal and child health program in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. Special consideration will be given to those students who demonstrate an interest in epidemiology and/or international health as it relates to maternal and child health.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017: Jade Whitaker, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013: Allison Cooke, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012: Angelica Trammell, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011: Robyn Davis, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010: Sally Dover, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy

Vernon E. Rose Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • students in the Industrial Hygiene Program

About

Named for the founder of the school's Industrial Hygiene Program, Dr. Vernon Rose, this scholarship was established by grateful alumni, colleagues, and friends. Specific criteria include recipients being in the industrial hygiene program in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Recipients

  • 2015-2016: Hayley Seaman, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2014-2015:
    • Jeffrey Hall MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Garrett Godsey MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2013-2014:
    • Tasha Stanfield MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Jonghwa Oh, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2012-2013:
    • Samantha Connell, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • Joseph Fruehbrodt, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • David Houston, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2011-2012: David Mark Houston, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2010-2011:
    • Catherine Fitzgerald, MPH Environmental Health Sciences
    • Kendra Sparks, MPH Environmental Health Sciences
  • 2009-2010:
    • Patrick Smith, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences
    • JoAnne Balanay, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences

Kathleen Ellis Ryals Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA

About

Frank and Kathleen Ellis Ryals Building. This scholarship was established by Dr. Jarvis Ryals to honor the memory of his mother, Mrs. Kathleen Ryals. Dr. Ryals had previously honored his mother and father by donating funds toward the construction of the School's building which is named them.

Recipients

  • 2014-2015: Louis Boohaker, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2013-2014: John Young, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2012-2013: Brice Lambert, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2011-2012: James Kiage, MSPH, Epidemiology
  • 2010-2011: Sajith Azerf, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2009-2010: Tarah Fron, MPH, Health Behavior

School of Public Health Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA

About

Fund Established in 1990 by faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the School.

Recipients

  • 2016-2017:
    • Madison Bell, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Latoya Goncalves, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2012-2013:
    • Adetola Adeyeye, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Phillip G. Cochran, MPH, Health Organization and Policy
    • Gregory Gabbert, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Emily Gardner, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Megan Moore, MPH, Environmental Health
    • Kathryn Van Marter-Sanders, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Hilary Vaughan, MSPH, Epidemiology
    • Jason Zolak, MPH, Epidemiology
  • 2011-2012:
    • Isabelle Fagan, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Sara Jabeen, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Carrie Kilpatrick, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Jason Leger, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
    • Kristen Olson, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Ivy Singletary, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2010-2011:
    • Ashley Aaron, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Sajith Azerf, MPH, Epidemiology
    • Margaret Compton, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Britney Crawford, MPH, Health Behavior
    • Sarah Frazier, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010:
    • Jennifer Harris, DrPH, Epidemiology
    • Leslie Loyd, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy

School of Public Health Endowed Scholarship in Public Health Practice

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • special consideration given to applicants who have previously worked in public health practice and who intend to return to a career in public health practice

About

This scholarship was established by Dr. Michael Maetz, VMD, MPH Special consideration is given to applicants who have previously worked in public health practice and who intend to return to a career in public health practice. Preference will be given to first year MPH students.

Recipients

  • 2015-2016: Hannah Brown, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2014-2015: John Sides, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2013-2014: Joanne Perley MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2012-2013: Carrie Kilpatrick, MPH, Health Behavior
  • 2011-2012: Jonathon Drewry, DrPH, Maternal and Child Health

Irtaza and Shana Siddique Endowed Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • special consideration is given to students who demonstrate financial need

About

This scholarship was established by alumnus Irtaza Siddique, DVM, MS, MPH, PhD, and his wife Shana Siddique. Special consideration is given to a student with demonstrated financial need.

Recipients

  • 2012-2013: Olusola Olubowale, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2011-2012: Asundep Ntui, DrPH, Epidemiology
  • 2010-2011: Franklin Njoku, MPH, Health Care Organization and Policy
  • 2009-2010: Sandeep Mishra, DrPH, Epidemiology

Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.
  • Note: Deadlines for this scholarship are different from those above. See website linked below for deadlines.

About

In honor of the late Dr. Moses Sinkala, the Sparkman Center for Global Health and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success have established the Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship. This annual award is designed to assist UAB students complete an international internship or research opportunity.

For more details, visit the Moses Sinkala Travel Scholarship page.

UAB School of Public Health Global Health Foreign Travel Award

Eligibility criteria include 9 hours of enrollment per semester and:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing.
  • Note: Deadlines for this scholarship are different from those above. See website linked below for deadlines.

About

The Sparkman Center for Global Health (Sparkman Center) and the Dean’s Office of the School of Public Health (SOPH) will provide travel funding for eligible SOPH students who are travelling internationally and attending an extracurricular academic/professional conference, training activity, Education Abroad program, or internship/practicum related to global health. These travel awards provide support for international educational experiences that enrich UAB SOPH students. The award may cover expenses related to transportation, lodging, poster printing, registration, and other international travel-related eligible expenses as specified by the travel regulations of the UAB Financial Affairs.

For more details, visit the UAB School of Public Health Global Health Foreign Travel Award.

Applying for any graduate program in the UAB School of Public Health is simple — just follow the steps below. Our Graduate Admissions team is here to help guide you through the process.

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 How to Apply to Our Graduate Programs

Step 1

Review Our Admission Requirements

Step 2

Know Your Deadline

Step 3

Apply Online

STEP 1: Review Our Admission Requirements

Applying for a Master’s degree? Please be prepared to submit all of the following:

  • Online application(s)
  • Official transcripts from every college-level institution attended — transcripts from institutions outside the U.S. or Canada must undergo a course-by-course evaluation through World Education Service (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
  • English proficiency test score for international applicants (80 or above for TOEFL; 6.5 or above for IELTS)
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional references:
    • MPH in Environmental and Occupational Health applicants are highly recommended to submit at least one academic letter among the three recommendation letters required.
    • MSPH in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences applicants are required to submit at least one academic letter among the three recommendation letters required. Please note that friends and family members should not be writing letters.
    • MSPH in Industrial Hygiene applicants are required to submit at least one academic letter among the three recommendation letters required. If they have been working in the field for more than five years, professional letters are acceptable in place of academic letters. If applicants cannot provide an academic letter, please provide a justification (one paragraph) in the statement of purpose.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • Standardized test scores (GRE or other accepted tests):
    • Note: The GRE is waived for all master’s degree programs. However, if an applicant has fewer than five years of full-time professional health care/ public health practice experience AND a GPA below 3.0, we strongly encourage that applicant to take and include a GRE score with their application in an effort to improve the overall strength of the application.

For doctoral programs:

  • Note: The GRE is required for all doctoral programs, EXCEPT for the PhD in Epidemiology program. Competitive applicants typically submit scores in the 70th percentile. For PhD in Epidemiology applicants: if an applicant has fewer than five years of full-time professional health care/ public health practice experience AND a GPA below 3.0, we strongly encourage that applicant to take and include a GRE score with their application in an effort to improve the overall strength of the application.

For MPH and DrPH applicants:

  • To ensure we are taking the necessary precautions to protect our community partners, the School of Public Health requires students enrolled in the MPH and DrPH programs that require an internship or practicum to consent to and complete a criminal background check. Students are responsible for completing the background check at least one term before registering for their internship or practicum. Failure to do so could prevent the completion of their internship or practicum degree requirement. Learn more about background checks.

STEP 2: Know Your Deadline

Application deadlines vary by department, degree program, and degree track. Click on the degree program buttons in the table below to see your deadline.

Note: International students are admitted to in-person programs in Fall and Spring only. International students may be admitted to online-only programs in Summer.

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MPH with a concentration in
    Environmental and Occupational Health

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Organization

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in
    Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Population Health

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MPH with a concentration in
    Environmental and Occupational Health

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Behavior

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Organization

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in
    Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    MPH with a concentration in
    Population Health

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MS in Biostatistics

    April 1

    May 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    MSPH with a concentration in Biostatistics

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: May 1

    MSPH with a concentration in
    Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MSPH with a concentration in Industrial Hygiene

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: April 1

    Spring: November 1
    Fall: July 1

    MSPH with a concentration in Applied Epidemiology

    Fall: April 1

    Fall: July 1

    MSPH with a concentration in Outcomes Research (Online)

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

    Spring: November 1
    Summer: April 1
    Fall: July 1

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    DrPH with a concentration in Biostatistics1

    April 1

    May 1

    DrPH with a concentration in
    Health Policy and Organization2

    April 1

    April 1

    DrPH with a concentration in
    Maternal and Child Health Policy3

    April 1

    April 1

    DrPH in with a concentration in Outcomes Research4

    April 1

    April 1

    Deadline to apply for funding consideration:

    1 February 1

    2 January 15

    3 January 15

    4 January 15

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    PhD in Biostatistics1

    April 1

    May 1

    PhD in Environmental Health Sciences 2

    April 1

    June 1

    PhD in Epidemiology 3

    April 1

    May 15

    PhD in Health Behavior 4

    February 15

    February 15

    Deadline to apply for funding consideration:

    1 February 1

    2 March 15

    3 January 10

    4 February 15

  • Degree International Domestic (U.S.)

    Certificate in Global Health Studies

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Certificate in Public Health

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Certificate in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1

    Spring: December 1
    Summer: May 1
    Fall: August 1


For information about additional SOPH scholarship eligibility and requirements, please see our scholarship page.

School of Public Health policy requires submission of the completed online application, including ALL supporting materials, by the application deadline. Allow plenty of time for transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other documents to reach their destination.

STEP 3: Apply Online

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If you’re applying to a stand-alone MPH, MSPH, or DrPH program, you will submit your primary application via sophas.org. If admitted, you will then complete a supplemental application to the UAB Graduate School. Instructions will be provided upon admission.

Questions?

Be sure to reach out to our Graduate Admissions team if you have any questions.

If you’re applying to any of our coordinated degree programs, Certificates, the MS in Biostatistics, an accelerated Master’s program (offered to current UAB undergraduate students only) or the PhD programs, submit your application via the UAB Graduate School.

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the admission requirements and deadlines for your intended program, you are ready to begin!