Population health is an interdisciplinary field that integrates clinical care and public health practices to prevent, reduce and manage human disease. Population health is particularly interested in the determinants of health outcomes, and why the distribution of health determinants is different between population groups. Population health uses patient-centered approaches to understand the needs of different population groups, with a particular focus on investigating health disparities.
Population health identifies mutually beneficial solutions that work for everyone by bringing diverse stakeholders together under one umbrella to overcome common challenges in health care. This approach improves health and health care in ways that are beneficial for both patients and health care providers.
The changing landscape of health care will require intellectual investments in the future of health. Those interested in acquiring a degree in Population Health from The University of Alabama will benefit from a value-based culture that embraces diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative thinking. The Master of Science in Population Health Sciences degree is designed to suit the educational needs of professionals from diverse backgrounds, including:
The Department of Community Medicine and Population Health is housed in the College of Community Health Sciences, which is the Tuscaloosa Regional Campus of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Other College departments include Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine; Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Sports Medicine; and Surgery. The College has incorporated faculty from UA’s Culverhouse College of Business to expand the depth and breadth of our program. Our faculty are passionate about research, teaching and service, as well as addressing the needs of our patients and the community we serve. The multidisciplinary training and partnerships with various content experts enable us to:
Population health is an interdisciplinary field and our degree is beneficial for licensed health professionals, systems administrators and others interested in health outcomes research, evidence-based care and health system redesign.
Statement of Purpose that addresses all of the following items:
Admission test score requirement (GRE or MCAT) is waived for all applicants for the spring 2021, summer 2021, and fall 2021 semesters. Please note that for applicants with a GPA below a 3.0, an admission test score is strongly recommended. International applicants will need to demonstrate English proficiency with the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo.
|November 1||Priority deadline for fellowship/assistantship consideration|
|January 5||Deadline for fellowship/assistantship consideration|
|April 15||Final deadline for fall semester start|
The in-person program accepts fall admissions only.
|June 15||Fall admission|
|November 1||Spring admission|
The University of Alabama Graduate School offers several fellowship opportunities. Please see the Graduate School Scholarships & Fellowships page for more information about these deadlines.
Dr. Avery is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Endoscopy, Forensic Medicine, Family Medicine Obstetrics and MRO/Toxicology. He is the editor of the Journal of Family Medicine/Obstetrics and past editor of the Medicolegal OB/GYN Newsletter and Alabama Perinatal Bulletin.
Dr. Bidgoli was the recipient of the BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Foundation Doctoral Student Award for her proposal, “Health Shocks and Labor Markets: Cancer in Michigan.” Her professional interests include health economics, health care management and labor economics.
Dr. Bradley received a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.
Dr. Crowther’s research interests include aging and racial diversity in urban and rural populations with a focus on eliminating mental and physical health disparities in older adults. Crowther has presented and published extensively, and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Role Model Award from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Dr. Morales-Alemán’s research focuses on community-based participatory approaches to sexual health promotion among adolescent Latinas in the U.S. South. Her research utilizes mixed-methods approaches (qualitative and quantitative) to examine the multi-level factors that underlie these sexual health disparities among Latinas in the U.S. South.
Dr. Paxton specializes in the development, implementation and evaluation of theory-based physical activity, dietary and sedentary behavior reduction interventions for at-risk and underserved populations. He engages in multidisciplinary research and uses sophisticated analytic techniques to understand the adoption and maintenance of positive health behaviors.