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A SOPH student talking to her advisor. In the School of Public Health (SOPH), we offer a range of advising to help you discover how to use your unique passions and talents to make a difference in your community and in the world.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is an essential resource for planning your degree program. As soon as you begin considering a major or minor in public health, schedule an appointment with one of our academic advisors to learn more about what we offer. Our academic advisors can explain our required and elective courses, opportunities outside the classroom to increase your career readiness, and the important role of our Public Health Capstone course. They can also help you balance your public health coursework with another major or minor or any pre-health coursework you plan to take.

Throughout your time in SOPH you are encouraged to meet with your academic advisor at least once every semester to ensure that you are on track to graduate as planned. You should also meet with them any time you have questions or concerns you’d like help with. Our academic advisors are experts in helping students meet their academic goals — they can link you to all the resources necessary to be successful at UAB and beyond.

Michelle Henry

(205) 934-4549
Advises students with last names A-L

I began my journey at UAB in 2005. I've worked in several different areas but have spent the majority of my time in the School of Public Health. I am a two-time UAB graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in social psychology and a minor in communication management and a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I am a National Board Certified Counselor. What I love most about being an academic advisor is getting to know my students and watching them grow and change as I help them navigate UAB and progress towards their degree and ultimately their career. When I am not on campus you can most likely find me on a trail in the woods in my Jeep. I enjoy exploring new places, and just finding joy in the journey, no matter where it takes me. 

Jason Simmelink

(205) 996-9494
Advises students with last names M-Z

In the fall of 2019, I earned a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of West Alabama, and quickly began my career working in higher education at UAB. I started as an advisor and manager in the Pre-Health Advising program, before joining the School of Public Health as an undergraduate program manager and academic advisor in late 2023. As an academic advisor, I believe the key to long term success is remaining habitually positive. My motto is to work hard, stay humble and have faith. The best part of my job is getting to know our students and cheer them on as they work toward their academic and personal goals. Off-campus I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking and mountain biking.

Next Steps Advising

Next Steps Advising was developed to help students answer the question "What’s next after my Public Health degree?"

Whether you’re exploring career options, preparing for graduate or professional school, or considering one of our Accelerated Learning Opportunities, Next Steps Advising can help you identify and apply for your next opportunity. Specialized assistance is provided in job search strategies, selecting appropriate graduate/professional programs, and preparing successful applications. Appointments can be made through the Appointment Manager in BlazerNet.

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