The number of students enrolled at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health jumped 61 percent in 2020, reflecting the “Fauci effect” and the prominence of public health professionals during the pandemic.

Enrollment in epidemiology, the study of how diseases spread, jumped 92 percent at UAB.

“It is no surprise that a worldwide pandemic created interest in the field of public health,” said Dr. Paul Erwin, dean of the UAB School of Public Health.

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