Biomedical and Health Sciences

Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to the Graduate School.

Degrees Offered:M.S.
Co-Directors:William S. Brooks, MD; Kara Caruthers, MS
Phone:(205) 934-7596;

Program Information

Program Mission

The mission of the Master's Degree in Biomedical and Health Sciences is to provide quality education to prepare a diverse student body for entry into graduate health professions programs including medicine, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant studies.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general Graduate School admission requirements, applicants to the M.S. program must:

  • Have a BS degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, kinesiology/exercise science, biomedical sciences, psychology, or a related degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (A= 4.0), computed from all undergraduate credits,
  • Have a minimum science GPA of 3.0 (A=4.0), computed from all undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physical sciences,
  • Submit scores of Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), Optometry Admissions Test (OAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT), or Graduate Record Exam (GRE),
  • Have completed college level coursework that includes 8 hours of general biology, 8 hours of general or organic chemistry, and 4 additional hours of biological sciences,
  • Submit a personal statement of interest to the program,
  • Submit three letters of recommendation,
  • If foreign-educated, have a score of at least 550 for paper version (or 80 for Internet version; or 213 for computer version) on the TOEFL, submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) at

If accepted, students must complete the UAB medical history questionnaire and physical, provide proof of required immunizations, and receive satisfactory screening by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service before enrollment.  A background check and drug screen will be required at program admission. 

Persons with a Bachelor of Science degree may be eligible to register for courses as non-degree seeking graduate students before acceptance into the M.S. program at the discretion of the program co-directors. If a non-degree seeking graduate student meets the M.S. program admission requirements, up to 12 semester hours of approved non-degree graduate coursework may be accepted for the M.S. degree. Admission of a student to any course as a non-degree seeking student does not constitute or guarantee admission to the M.S. degree program. Non-degree seeking students will be eligible to meet with M.S. BHS advisors to discuss course selections and planning for future enrollment in either the M.S. BHS program or the graduate health professional school of their choice.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are physical abilities, mental abilities, skills, attitudes, and behaviors the students must evidence or perform at each stage of their education. The absence of an essential function would fundamentally alter a student’s ability to meet the program goals. The essential functions include commitment to learning, interpersonal skills, communication, time management, problem-solving, professionalism, responsibility, critical thinking, and stress management.

If you have a disability, but have not contacted Disability Support Services (DSS), please call (205) 934-4205 (voice) or (205) 934-4248 (TDD), or visit the DSS offices at 1701 9th Avenue South. Additional information is available at

Accreditation and Certification

None required.

Entry Term:Summer Semester
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:April 1
Entrance Tests:MCAT, OAT, DAT, or GRE and for international applications from non-English speaking countries, scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE)
Comments:Transcript evaluation by WES is required for applicants with foreign university degrees

Contact Information

For detailed information, contact the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Biomedical and Health Sciences Program, UAB School of Health Professions, SHPB 446, 1705 University Blvd., Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212

Telephone: 205-934-7596




Caruthers, Kara, Assistant Professor, 2010, MAPAS (UAB), Emergency Medicine
Epps, Chad A., Associate Professor , 2007, MD (Medical College of Georgia), Simulation
Unlap, M. Tino , Associate Professor and Program Director, 2008, PhD (Kansas State), Cancer, Parkinson's Disease and Cystic Fibrosis Drug Discovery and Poly Cystic Kidney Desease