John C. Higginbotham, PhD, MPH

John C. Higginbotham, PhD, MPH — Professor

John C. Higginbotham, PhD, MPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Community Medicine and Population Health and Director of the College's Institute for Rural Health Research. He is also Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development for The University of Alabama. In his role with the College, Higginbotham teaches and conducts research.

Higginbotham received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of Alabama, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a doctorate in Preventive Medicine and Community Health from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Higginbotham has an extensive portfolio of funded research from more than 20 unique federal, state and local governments as well as foundations and non-profit organization. His most recent presentations and publications focus on racial and ethnic disparities related to cancer and other health issues that have particular impact in rural areas. He has chaired standing grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health, and received the Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award and the Alabama Public Health Association’s Ira L Myers Award for having a significant impact on public health.

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