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 healthcare. This approach improves health and healthcare in ways that are beneficial for both patients and healthcare providers.
The changing landscape of healthcare 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 of Community Health Sciences has incorporated faculty from 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:
Applicants who graduated in the last five years must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Applicants who are healthcare professionals must have a leadership position in the health care, health policy or public health fields, and hold or are currently working toward an MD, PhD or MS/MA degree.
International applicants will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS).
|November 1st||Priority deadline for fellowship/assistantship consideration|
|January 5th||Deadline for fellowship/assistantship consideration|
|April 15th||Final deadline for fall semester start|
The in-person program accepts fall admissions only.
|June 15th||Fall admission|
|November 1st||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.
Dan 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 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. Foster’s current research area of interest is in a wide range of racial/ethnic health inequities but more recently has focused her work on the study of HIV/AIDS-related stigma in rural African Americans in Alabama, particularly in faith-based settings in rural Alabama.
Dr. Higginbotham teaches, conducts, and oversees the research infrastructure for the College. Dr. Higginbotham works in partnership with all areas of the College to promote scholarship activities among the faculty, fellows, Family Medicine residents, medical students, and others.
Dr. Morales-Alemán’s research focuses on community-based participatory approaches to sexual health promotion among adolescent Latinas in the US South. My research utilizes mixed-methods approaches (qualitative and quantitative) to examine the multi-level factors that underlie these sexual health disparities among Latinas in the US 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.