Health Care Organization and Policy

Prospective students should click here to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.
 

Requirement Fulfilled By:
Degree Offered:M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Dr.PH.
Department Chair:Meredith Kilgore, Ph.D.
Phone:205-934-3748
Website:http://www.soph.uab.edu/hcop
Department Contact:Brenda Campbell
Department Contact Email:bcampbel@uab.edu

Health Care Organization and Policy (Dr.P.H., M.P.H, M.S.P.H.)

Overview:

Programs in Health Care Organization and Policy provide training and education at the master's and doctoral level. At the master’s level, programs are available for those desiring a career in the analysis of health services policy or in the management of public health services resources. At the doctoral level, our program offers rigorous training in research methods and evidence-based public health practice suitable for careers in public health leadership, or academic settings.
Our programs require mastering major concepts of health economics, public health management and planning, health policy, outcomes research, and health services evaluation. Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees are offered in health policy, health care organization, general theory and practice, Maternal and Child Health policy and leadership, outcomes research, public health preparedness as well as coordinated degree options in business, optometry, public administration and juris doctorate. The department’s Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree has concentrations in Public Health Management or Maternal and Child Health Policy.

The department offers the following Masters Program options: 

  • MPH in Health Care Organization (HCOP)
  • MPH in General Theory and Practice (GTP)
  • MPH in Health Policy (HPOL)
  • MPH in Public Health Preparedness Management and Policy (PHPM)
  • MPH in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership (MCPL)
  • MSPH in Outcomes Research (OR)
  • Coordinated MPH-JD in Public Health and Juris Doctor (PHJD)
  • Coordinated MPH-MBA in Public Health and Business Administration (PHBA)
  • Coordinated MPH-OD in Public Health and Optometry (PHOD)
  • Coordinated MPH-MPA in Public Health and Public Administration (PHPA)
  • Coordinated MSPH-PhD in Public Health and Psychology (HCPY)
  • Coordinated MPH-MSN in Maternal and Child Health Policy
  • Coordinated MPH-MSW in Maternal and Child Health Policy

Doctor of Public Health in Health Care Organization and Policy (DrPH)

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH Program in HCOP develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. This program, housed within the Department of HCOP has three concentrations:

  1. Public Health Management
  2. Maternal and Child Health Policy
  3. Outcomes Research

Admissions

Requirement Fulfilled By:
Deadline for Entry Term(s):US Applicants: Fall - July 15; International Applicants: Fall – May 15
US & International Applicants Spring - November 1
US & International Applicants Summer – April 1
GPA:3.0
Number of Evaluation Forms Required:Three
Entrance Tests: GREVerbal is 147 and Quantitative is 150
SOPH Graduate Catalog:http://www.soph.uab.edu/catalog
SOPH Admissions:http://www.soph.uab.edu/graduate/prospective

School of Public Health's Catalog

Master in Public Health - Health Care Organization and Policy

The collected laws, regulations, and approaches taken to making decisions and implementing policy to protect the health of communities and populations. Public health policy issues include a wide range of topics including health care reform, insurance reform, prevention of communicable diseases, food safety, and stem cell research.

The Department of Health Care Organization and Policy provides training and education at the masters and doctoral level. At the masters level, programs are available for those desiring a career in the analysis of health services policy or in the management of public health services resources. At the doctoral level, programs offer rigorous training in research methods and evidence-based public health practice suitable for careers in public health leadership or academic settings.

Master of Public Health - HCOP Tracks

  • Master of Public Health in Health Care Organization (HCOP) - also offered online
  • Master of Public Health in General Theory & Practice (GTP)
  • Master of Public Health in Health Policy (HPOL)
  • Master of Public Health in Public Health Preparedness Management & Policy (PHPM)
  • Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Policy & Leadership (MCPL)  - also offered online
  • Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

Master in Public Health in Health Care Organization (including the 5th Year; also offered fully online)

The MPH in health care organization is designed to train individuals for management positions in public health and other health care organizations. Students are introduced to the public health system and the fundamental skills necessary for managing health care organizations.  Required coursework includes basic management disciplines and selected content in economics, finance, marketing, law and insurance.

HCOP also offers a online MPH HCO Degree Program for Public Health and Health Care Professionals (ie Nsg, MD, SW and Public Health Employees). Qualified applicants who are unable to complete an MPH in the traditional format will be able to complete the program in three years and two summers.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements:17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements:3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements:15
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 612Strategic Management in Health Programs3
HCO 615Finance for Health Professionals3
HCO 620Health Insurance & Managed Care3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
Choose two of the following courses:6
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 607Public Health Law3
HCO 613Health Information in Technology & Policy3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
Internship:3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree44

MPH in General Theory and Practice

This program is available to students who prefer a generalist background rather than a more specialized track with additional course requirements.  The instructional program is formulated by students and their advisors to meet the specific needs of practicing professionals and to provide a broad, interdisciplinary review of public health theory and practice.

Admission: Students must meet the general admission requirements for the Master of Public Health degree program.  Only persons with doctoral level professional degrees and/or five years or more of senior level experience in public health or a closely allied field may apply to this program.  Students who have been admitted to medical school also may apply to this program. Applicants with a previously earned doctoral credential may, upon request, be waived from the requirements to submit a GRE score.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements 17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirement3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements12
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
Department Electives9
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Hours44

Master of Public Health in Health Policy 

The MPH in health policy is designed to train policy analysts at the master's level to work in government agencies; voluntary health organizations; local, state, and federal legislative bodies; managed care organizations; private industry; and consulting firms. The quantitative policy analysis content emphasizes skills appropriate to an active mid-level research career. The program is designed for the individual who wants to contribute to the public discussion of health issues and policy making. The focus of training here is to give you skills in statistical and economic analysis so that you can help senior investigators write reports that recommend changes in our healthcare systems or that evaluate how well the systems work.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements 17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirement3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements15
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 687Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 691Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation3
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
Departmental Electives 6
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours44

MPH in Public Health Preparedness Management and Policy

This specialized degree covers all hazards preparedness topics including, event typologies, response organization, leadership and management, hazard and risk assessment policy development and evaluation and risk communication.

Admission: Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the Master of Pubic Health degree program. Applicants with a previously earned doctoral degree may be waived from the requirement to submit a GRE score. Students may apply for admission to this program at any time and once admitted may begin taking classes the next semester.  

Curriculum: Students in this track take 44 credit hours.  The work can generally be completed in two years. All of the required courses for this program are offered on weeknights. 

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements 17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirement3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements21
HCO 640Disaster and Emergency Management3
HCO 641Health Preparedness and Response Policy3
HCO 643Emergency Preparredness Exercise, Evaluation & Communication3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 698Master's Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy1-9
ENH 610Environmental Disasters3
EPI 605Epidemiology of Infectious Disease4
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours44

MPH in Maternal and Child Health Policy and Leadership (also offered fully online)

SOPH Catalog

The MPH programs in the maternal and child health concentration are designed to educate individuals who will plan, administer, and evaluate programs in maternal and child health. The programs provide information about the special problems faced by women and children, including children with special health care needs, and their families. The programs develop and integrate skills from maternal and child health, health policy and leadership and demonstrate their application in problem solving and systems development.

SOPH Requirements

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirement3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements 15
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 605Fundamental of MCH Part 1:Issues, Program and Policies3
HCO 606Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health Part II: Application of Essential MCH Skills3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
HCO 625Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership1
HCO 626Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy1
HCO 627ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience1
Departmental Electives 6
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 608Reproductive Health3
HCO 613Health Information in Technology & Policy3
HCO 615Finance for Health Professionals3
HCO 620Health Insurance & Managed Care3
HCO 624Healthy Lifestyles for the MCH Population: Integrating Nutrition with Physical Activity3
HCO 631Public Health Demography3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 672Perinatal Health: Issues, Data & Policies3
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours44

School of Public Health's Catalog


Health Care Organization and Policy's Coordinated Degrees

  • Coordinated Master of Public Health / Juris Doctor (PHJD)
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health / Master of Business Administration (PHBA)
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health / Doctor of Optometry (PHOD)
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health / Master of Public Administration (PHPA)
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership / Master of Science in Nursing
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership / Master of Social Work
  • Coordinated Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health Policy & Leadership / Master of Social Work Online

Coordinated MPH-JD in Public Health and Juris Doctor

The department offers a coordinated Master of Public Health and Juris doctor degree program in cooperation with the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, also located in Birmingham. The purpose of the program is to offer future attorneys exposure to the broad areas of public health.

Admission: Students enrolled in this program must be enrolled at the Cumberland School of Law. In order to be admitted to the coordinated programs, a student must have a GPA of 2.5 at the end of the first year of law school. A minimum law school GPA of 2.5 each semester and a minimum 3.0 GPA each term in public health are required for students to continue in the coordinated program. Interested students should contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at the School of Public Health for MPH application materials and Cumberland Law School for J.D. application materials.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements:17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements:3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements:6
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
Electives:3
Internship:3
HCO 697Internship3
Transfer of credit for the following Samford Law School courses:13
Law 502: Torts4
Law 506: Contracts I3
Law 507: Contracts II2
Law 526: Business Organizations4
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree:45

Coordinated MPH-MBA in Public Health and Business Administration

This program's purpose is to provide students without relevant advanced degrees and/or without previous public health experience with those skills necessary for advanced positions in health management. Also, students with experience and/or a relevant advanced degree who wish to pursue a health management credential with broad applicability should seriously consider this coordinated program.

Admission: Students admitted to this program will have at least a bachelor's degree. Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MBA programs. The School of Business should be contacted for MBA application materials and the School of Public Health should be contacted for MPH application materials. The GRE will be accepted in lieu GMAT. An undergraduate calculus course is also required for admission. If an applicant does not meet this requirement additional information can be found at MBA Admission website http://www.uab.edu/business

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements12
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 612Strategic Management in Health Programs3
HCO 620Health Insurance & Managed Care3
Electives3
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
MBA Track Requirements30
MBA 601Accounting and Finance for Managers3
MBA 608Strategic Cost Analysis and Decision Making3
MBA 619Information Technology and Business Strategy3
MBA 621Topics in Corporate Finance3
MBA 631Management and Organizations3
MBA 634Strategic Management3
MBA 637Operations and Supply Chain Management3
MBA 642Economics for Managers3
MBA 651Marketing Strategy3
MBA 662Quantitative Analysis for Business Managers3
MBA Electives6
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree74

Coordinated MPH-OD in Public Health and Optometry

Admission: Applicants to the concurrent MPH/OD program must meet the following requirements: enrollment and good standing in the School of Optometry, interview by MPH/OD committee in the School of Optometry, approval and recommendation by the dean of the School of Optometry, and apply and be accepted for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum: Students in the concurrent MPH/OD program are expected to complete the curriculum of the optometry professional program, and a total of 45 credit hours in the MPH program. Work in the public health program can be completed over a four-year period, including summers. Students may begin their MPH program in the summer prior to their entering the Optometry professional program.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements21
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree44

Coordinated MPH-MPA in Public Health and Public Administration

The MPH/MPA degree program provides students with the knowledge base of public health and the skills required to work effectively in a responsible, administrative position in the public sector. Through this coordinated degree program, students in the MPH program can satisfy some of their requirements through courses in the MPA program and vice versa.

Admission: Students entering this program must meet the minimum requirements for admission into the School of Public health. The student must apply to and be admitted to both programs. The graduate School should be contacted for MPA application materials and the School of Public Health should be contacted for MPH application materials.  

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
MPA Core Requirements27
MPA 600Administrative Ethics3
MPA 601The Public Policymaking Process3
MPA 602Administrative Theory and Behavior3
MPA 603Public & Nonprofit Budgeting3
MPA 604Human Resources Management3
MPA 605Information Management for Government3
MPA 606Foundations of PA Research3
MPA 674GIS for Managers3
MPA 697Graduate Learning Portfolio3
MPH Concentration Elective (Select 4 courses)12
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 612Strategic Management in Health Programs3
HCO 620Health Insurance & Managed Care3
HCO 640Disaster and Emergency Management3
HCO 641Health Preparedness and Response Policy3
HCO 643Emergency Preparredness Exercise, Evaluation & Communication3
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree62

Coordinated MPH-MSN in Maternal and Child Health Policy

The coordinated MPH/MSN degree is designed to address the dynamic health care needs of women and children. This program prepares nurse practitioners to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative maternal and child health (MCH) programs and policies. This dual degree builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks. In this educational experience, advanced clinical skill is combined with expertise in program planning and evaluation.

Admissions: Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MSN degree programs and must meet admission requirements in both the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing at UAB.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirments15
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 605Fundamental of MCH Part 1:Issues, Program and Policies3
HCO 606Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health Part II: Application of Essential MCH Skills3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
HCO 625Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership1
HCO 626Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy1
HCO 627ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience1
Electives Shared wit hthe School of Nursing - to complete total required hours6
NUR 602Issues Affecting Advanced Nursing Practice3
NUR 612Advanced Pathophysiology3
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree44

Coordinated MPH-MSW in Maternal and Child Health Policy (also offered fully online)

The MPH/MSW degree program is coordinated between the School of Social Work at the University of Alabama (MSW) and the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy (HCOP). The coordinated program prepares social workers for interdisciplinary practice in public health programs concerned with the promotion and improvement of the health of diverse populations, including women, children, and families. Students who have been admitted to the MSW program in the School of Social Work and wish to pursue the coordinated degree option should contact the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy. Students will attend classes in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham.

Admissions: Students who choose the coordinated degree plan will be required to first secure admission to the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) School of Social Work (for the MSW) and, at the end of the first semester, to apply separately to the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy (for the MPH). Acceptance in the MSW program does not automatically insure acceptance into the MPH program and vice versa.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirements17
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 630Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Requirements3
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Department Track Requirements15
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 605Fundamental of MCH Part 1:Issues, Program and Policies3
HCO 606Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health Part II: Application of Essential MCH Skills3
HCO 612Strategic Management in Health Programs3
HCO 619Social Work in Public Health3
Social Work course to be counted toward total MPH hours3
SW 510: Human Behav in Social Environs (taken at UA School of SW)3
Internship3
HCO 697Internship3
Total Credit Hours Earned for Degree44

School of Public Health's Catalog

Coordinated MSPH-PhD in Public Health / Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

The department offers coordinated Master of Science in Public Health and PhD degrees in cooperation with the department of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham or at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).

Admission

To be considered for this program, students must first be admitted to the PhD program in clinical psychology at UAB or in the PhD in psychology at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Students must meet the admission criteria for the School of Public Health and remain in good standing in their PhD program.

Program Requirements

The MSPH degree requires a minimum of 43 hours. Students in this coordinated program will be waived from the biostatistics requirement upon documentation of successful completion of Advanced Statistics I and II in the PhD program. Students may emphasize health policy issues or outcomes research issues through 6 hours of approved electives. In addition, all students must complete a 9 credit hour research project. This is a coordinated dual degree track and, as such, graduation from one program is contingent on completion of all requirements for graduation from the other program.

Students receiving a MSPH are required to complete a 13 hour online course entitled "Overview of Public Health" by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirements10
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
PhD Track21
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 677Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement3
HCO 687Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 691Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation3
HCO 721Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis3
HCO 722Cost-Effectiveness Research Methods3
Electives3
Masters-Level Research9
HCO 699Master's Level Project Research Health Care Organization and Policy (Minimum of 9 hours)1-9
Total Hours43

MSPH in Outcomes Research

The health care field is placing increasing emphasis on the identification and measurement of clinical decision making and cost/utility analysis.  Continuing pressure for the development and measurement of both efficient and effective protocols and health care policies is the driving force underlying this emphasis. Increasingly, employers are seeking qualified analysts to study treatment effectiveness.  Graduates of this track will work in clinical settings, government agencies, managed care organizations, insurance companies, health associations, pharmaceutical firms, and consulting firms analyzing cost effectiveness, utilization and treatment effectiveness.

Admission

The track is open to students with a bachelor's degree and strong mathematics preparation. An undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a minimum combined score of 1080 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) is desirable for admission consideration.

Students receiving a MSPH are required to complete a 3 hour Online course entitled "Overview of Public Health" by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
MSPH Core Requirements10
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
Outcomes Research Track21
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 621Clinical Decision Making and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis3
HCO 622Design and Conduct of Cost-Effectiveness Research3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 677Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement3
HCO 687Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 691Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation3
Electives 3
Masters-Level Research9
HCO 699Master's Level Project Research Health Care Organization and Policy1-9
Total Hours 43

School of Public Health's Catalog

Program Description

The DrPH degree is the highest professional degree in public health. The DrPH Program develops leaders and research faculty who have proficiency in data analysis, management, critical thinking, teaching, and translating research into policy and practice. Students will be exposed to complex practical problems facing public health practitioners and policy-makers. Three tracks are available within the DrPH program:

  • Outcomes Research
  • Public Health Management
  • Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Policy

Program Requirements

The DrPH program must be completed within 7 years. Students who have not successfully completed their comprehensive examinations within 5 years will be subject to dismissal from the program. A minimum of 42 credit hours, exclusive of HCO courses 793 and 796-799, are required to complete the degree. Students will complete at least 15 credit hours of analytical or methodological courses, at least 15 hours of concentration-core courses, and at least 12 hours of any 700-level electives (as approved by advisor). Students must also complete the doctoral seminars (HCO 796), comprehensive examination (HCO 797), practicum (HCO 793), dissertation proposal/protocol development (HCO 798), and dissertation research (HCO 799).

Program Admission Requirements

  • An MPH or equivalent degree in public health in required.
  • Applicants with advanced non-public health degrees can be admitted directly into the DrPH program but must successfully complete the MPH and concentration-specific prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants with a MPH or equivalent degree not in their concentration will take the necessary concentration prerequisites only.
  • Applicants with only a bachelor's degree but with an exceptional academic record or rich professional experience will be considered. They must be admitted into the MPH program prior to applying to the DrPH program and complete the MPH program before being fully accepted into the DrPH program.
  • Experience in public health research is required. Applicants must submit GRE scores taken within 5 years. Both the score and the percentile on each of the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections of the examination will be evaluated. A minimum of 1100 (550 on each of the verbal and quantitative sections) or 156 verbal and 146 quantitative (new GRE score) is expected.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English or who did not complete a degree at an English-speaking institution must submit a TOEFL with TWE test score. The minimum acceptable score is (Paper Based) 550, (Computer Based) 213, and (Internet-Based) 79-80.
  • Other aspects of an applicant's record, such as educational achievement, professional experience, and clarity of career goals are helpful in determining admissibility.

DRPH Outcomes Research Curriculum

RequirementsHours
MPH Prerequisites (Does not count towards total degree hours)18-19
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
HCO Concentration Prerequisites (Does not count toward total degree hours) 9
HCO 601Health Economics3
or HCO 701 Health Economics
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 720Health Insurance and Managed Care3
Concentration Core15
HCO 721Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis3
HCO 722Cost-Effectiveness Research Methods3
HCO 777Patient-Based Outcomes Measures3
HCO 791Policy Analysis:Modeling & Simulation3
Electives Methods Course 700 level as approved by advisor3
Methods Core15
BST 613Intermediate Statis Analy III3
HCO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
HCO 781Research Methods ans Study Design3
HCO 787Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 788Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res3
Electives12
Must be 700 level & may be selected from anywhere within the university with advisor approval
Doctoral Seminar (1 hour in each Fall & Spring Semester - 1st 2 years only)
HCO 796Doctoral Seminar1
DrPH Practicum, Directed Readings, Dissertation Protocol Development & Research12
HCO 793DrPH Practicum3-6
HCO 797Directed Readings3-9
HCO 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy3
HCO 799Dissertation Research HCOP3-9

DRPH Public Health Management Curriculum

RequirementsHours
MPH Prerequisites (Does not count toward total degree hours)19
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
HCO Concentration Prerequisites (Does not count toward total degree hours)15
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 603Public Health Policy3
HCO 670Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health3
HCO 686Integrative Health Policy Analysis3
HCO 720Health Insurance and Managed Care3
Concentration Core15
HCO 706Strategic Mgmt Theory/Research3
HCO 713Health Information Technology and Policy3
HCO 715Finance for Health Professionals3
HCO 718Mgt Concepts in Pub Hlth Progs3
AH 715Research in Organizational Theory3
Methods Core15
BST 613Intermediate Statis Analy III3
HCO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
HCO 781Research Methods ans Study Design3
HCO 787Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 788Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res3
Electives12
Must be 700 level & may be selected from anywhere within the university with the advisor approval
Doctoral Seminar (1 hour in each Fall & Spring Semester - 1st 2 years only)
HCO 796Doctoral Seminar1
DrPH Practicum, Directed Readings, Dissertation Protocol Development & Research12
HCO 793DrPH Practicum3-6
HCO 797Directed Readings3-9
HCO 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy3
HCO 799Dissertation Research HCOP3-9

DRPH Maternal & Child Health (MCH) Policy Curriculum

RequirementsHours
MPH Prerequisites (Does not count towards total degree hours)18-19
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience ( Optional)1
Concentration Prerequisites (Does not count toward total degree hours)14
HCO 601Health Economics3
HCO 605Fundamental of MCH Part 1:Issues, Program and Policies3
HCO 606Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health Part II: Application of Essential MCH Skills3
HCO 618Management Concepts in Public Health Programs3
HCO 625Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership1
HCO 626Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy1
Concentration Core15
HCO 703Public Health Policy - Doctoral Level3
HCO 708Reproductive Health3
HCO 711Child Health and Development: Womb to Young to Adulthood3
HCO 713Health Information Technology and Policy3
HCO 772Perinatal Hlth Issues3
Methods Core15
BST 613Intermediate Statis Analy III3
HCO 728Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health3
HCO 781Research Methods ans Study Design3
HCO 787Empirical Methods for Health Research3
HCO 788Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res3
Electives12
Must be 700 level & may be selected from anywhere within the university with advisor approval
Doctoral Seminar (1 hour in each Fall & Spring Semester - 1st 2 years)
HCO 796Doctoral Seminar1
DrPH Practicum, Directed Readings, Dissertation Protocol Development & Research12
HCO 793DrPH Practicum3-6
HCO 797Directed Readings3-9
HCO 798Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy3
HCO 799Dissertation Research HCOP3-9

For more information please contact Brenda Campbell, Program Coordinator.

Courses

HCO 600. Introduction to Population Based Health Programs. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide the student with fundamental concepts and information concerning the provision of public health services, enhance the student's ability to discuss and analyze population based interventions appropriate for delivery through the public health system and instill in the student a willingness to think creatively about the organization and financing of public health services.

HCO 600Q. Introduction to Population Based Health Programs Online. 3 Hours.

Introduction to Public Health Systems and Population-based Health Programs (HCO 600) is part of the UAB School of Public Health core curriculum. All MPH students, regardless of program affiliation, must complete this course in order to graduate. The course presents selected information, concepts, and methods from the field of public health. It is a survey class that introduces the student to the general topics of the HCOP department and scholars. Topics concerning the history, organization, economic underpinnings, and services of the public health system, as well as the structure, management and current status of the US health care system are discussed.

HCO 601. Health Economics. 3 Hours.

Economics as systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing, and outcome of health care. Develops economic principles and describes system of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analyzing health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in HCO 601, doctoral students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 601Q. Health Economics Online. 3 Hours.

Economics as systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing, and outcome of health care. Develops economic principles and describes system of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analyzing health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in HCO 601, doctoral students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction.

HCO 602. Narrative Public Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to develop communication skills primarily through written exercises directly relevant to public health. Each exercise will explore and teach students different formats and techniques for communicating complex public health information to different audiences, such as colleagues, the lay public, public officials, or potential future public health students. NOTE: Only available to School of Public Health degree seeking students.

HCO 603. Public Health Policy. 3 Hours.

Theoretical framework and concepts used to understand evolution of public health policies and processes of policy formulation, implementation, and change. Significance of health policy for public health practical foundation of knowledge and skills useful in analyzing and responding to policy environment. Doctoral student will have an emphasis on independent analysis of health policy issues. Preq: HCO 601 or HCO 701 recommended.

HCO 604. Policy Politics in Public Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of the course is to explore the many dimensions of public health policy within the political,cultural, scientific,and social contextsof American policy formulation and implementation. This course will exploretraditional public health topics such as access to health care and environmental safety as well as current events in public health policy issues.

HCO 605. Fundamental of MCH Part 1:Issues, Program and Policies. 3 Hours.

This course will focus primarily on public health problems and solutions of MCH populations in the U.S. In addition to the introductory information on specific health issues related to children and families, the evolution, status, and future performance of selected federal, state and community programs will be analyzed. Course work also includes a review of factors that influence policy development and program implementation including: 1)research, 2) data issues, 3)current public policy reform movements, and 4) advocacy. The course will include lectures and discussions. Students will gain information on the history of MCH and public health, selected MCH issues for each stage of growth and development, the importance of family and communities in addressing MCH issues and federal and state-specific programs and policies that address the needs of MCH populations.

HCO 605Q. MCH Fundamental I: Issues, Programs and Policies. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge about current major Maternal and Child Health (MCH) issues (health, social, economic, and environmental) and programs and policies designed to address these issues among women of reproductive age, infants, and children. This course is required of students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy's MCH Leadership and Policy Track. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register.

HCO 606. Fundamentals of Maternal and Child Health Part II: Application of Essential MCH Skills. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to basic research methods used by public health practitioners, with a specific focus on their use in the MCH field and to introduce the needs assessment, program planning, and evaluation processes specifically related to public health and finally to provide practical educational experiences to develop skills in applying several research methods and the range of activities needed to conduct needs assessments and use the information gathered to plan, direct, and evaluate public health programs and impact public health policies.
Prerequisites: HCO 605 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 606Q. HCO 606 MCH Fundaments II: Application of Essential MCH Skills Online. 3 Hours.

This course is taught entirely in online format, with sessions occurring two times per week for 1 hour and 15 minutes per session. Course sessions will entail a combination of lectures, group discussions via course discussion board, small-group activities, and student presentations based on assigned readings and projects. Active student participation in all class discussions and presentations is essential. Guest presenters may be used to address specific topics.
Prerequisites: HCO 605 [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently) or HCO 605Q [Min Grade: C](Can be taken Concurrently)

HCO 607. Public Health Law. 3 Hours.

Survey of legal principles governing selected public health problems as derived from court decisions, statutes, and regulations. Topics include constitutional limitations on the public power, administrative law, government regulation of competition, and medical liability.

HCO 607Q. Public Health Law Online. 3 Hours.

Survey of legal principles governing selected public health problems as derived from court decisions, statutes, and regulations. Topics include constitutional limitations on the public power, administrative law, government regulation of competition, and medical liability.

HCO 608. Reproductive Health. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to provide students with a foundation in reproductive health. It examines reproductive health issues, problems, policies, programs and services primarily in low-to-middle income countries.

HCO 608Q. Reproductive Health Online. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to provide students with a foundation in reproductive health. It examines reproductive health issues, problems, policies, programs and services primarily in low-to-middle income countries.

HCO 611. Child Health and Development:Womb to Young to Adulthood. 3 Hours.

The premise of this course is that an understanding of principles of development is critical to developing, implementing, and evaluating effective programs and services for children and women of childbearing age. Through didactic, experiential, and interactive learning activities students will explore the processes that influence children¿s health and development and the supports and services that are needed to enhance those mechanisms. Issues for children and adolescents with special health care needs and well as typically developing children and youth will be included in lectures, discussions, and class projects.

HCO 612. Strategic Management in Health Programs. 3 Hours.

Provides a framework for strategic management in health care and public health organizations and provides opportunities to develop strategic plans for health care organization. Objectives are: to relate prior knowledge and experience to specific problem-solving situations; encourage strategic thinking in decision making in health care organizations; provide opportunities to engage in and manage a group decision-making process; gain experience in analyzing the public health environment and prepare a strategic plan for that environment; and develop implementation plans to accomplish strategic plans.

HCO 612Q. Strategic Management in Health Programs Online. 3 Hours.

The overall goal of the course is to provide a framework for strategic management and an opportunity to develop a strategic plan through a case study. In addition, the course provides participants an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and experience they have acquired in previous courses and health care organizational settings into a broad theory of management.

HCO 613. Health Information in Technology & Policy. 3 Hours.

The overall purpose of this course is to familiarize students with current issues associated with health information technology and their impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

HCO 613Q. Health Information in Technology & Policy Online. 3 Hours.

The overall purpose of this course is to familiarize students with current issues associated with health information technology and their impact on the U.S. healthcare system.

HCO 615. Finance for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Financial management of public health care organizations. Emphasis on time value on money, capital raising methods, cost of capital, capital budgeting methods and working capital policy. Problem-solving orientation with applications to public health issues.

HCO 615Q. Finance for Health Professionals Online. 3 Hours.

Financial management of public health care organizations. Emphasis on time value on money, capital raising methods, cost of capital, capital budgeting methods and working capital policy. Problem-solving orientation with applications to public health issues.

HCO 618. Management Concepts in Public Health Programs. 3 Hours.

Organization structure, management, finance and budgeting, human resources, contracts, negotiation, and operations research in public health settings. Presentation of general principles combined with study of actual cases from practice. Note:Permission of instructor.

HCO 618Q. Management Concepts in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

Organization structure, management, finance and budgeting, human resources, contracts, negotiation, and operations research in public health settings. Presentation of general principles combined with study of actual cases from practice. Note: Permission of instructor.

HCO 619. Social Work in Public Health. 3 Hours.

Introduction and overview of the field of public health and the subspecialty of public health social work. Provides practical macro-level skills and explores the role and functions of social workers within major public health programs.

HCO 619Q. Social Work in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course provides information about practical macro-level skills and increases the knowledge of students regarding the role and functions of advanced-trained social workers within major public health programs.

HCO 620. Health Insurance & Managed Care. 3 Hours.

Insurance is a mechanism for dealing with the consequences of uncertain future states of the world. Health insurance and its consequences are significant reasons why health care markets differ from others. This course will present the underpinnings of health insurance, the classic problems of moral hazard and adverse selection, issues in the nature and effects of competition in the evolving managed care industry, employer sponsored health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and current topics in health insurance and managed care.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] or HA 645 [Min Grade: C] or AH 701 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 620Q. Health Insurance & Managed Care Online. 3 Hours.

Insurance is a mechanism for dealing with the consequences of uncertain future states of the world. Health insurance and its consequences are significant reasons why health care markets differ from others. This course will present the underpinnings of health insurance, the classic problems of moral hazard and adverse selection, issues in the nature and effects of competition in the evolving managed care industry, employer sponsored health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and current topics in health insurance and managed care.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] or HA 645 [Min Grade: C] or AH 701 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 621. Clinical Decision Making and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis. 3 Hours.

The objectives of this course are to acquaint public health and other professionals with techniques of decision making under conditions of uncertainty and the basics of cost-effectiveness analysis. Topics include decision analysis, Markov processes, Monte Carlo simulation, valuing diagnostic tests, and measuring the costs and outcomes of health service programs. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to understand the strengths and limitations of these types of analysis and determine the relevance of research findings to their own areas of expertise. NOTE: If course work (BST 600 or BST 611 and BST 612) are not met, then permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C])

HCO 621Q. Clinical Decision Making and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Online. 3 Hours.

In public health and medicine indeed, in all aspects of life, choices are unavoidable. Difficult choices must be made in such areas as patient care, clinical guideline development, and public health policy. These decisions often must be made in the face of great uncertainty. Decision analysis aims to formally evaluate those decisions and to make decisions from an informed perspective regarding expected outcomes. Cost-effectiveness analysis applies decision analysis to circumstances where both costs and outcomes are important criteria for making choices. This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the methods and uses of decision analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C])

HCO 622. Design and Conduct of Cost-Effectiveness Research. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the design and implementation of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis.
Prerequisites: HCO 621 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 721 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 623Q. Pharmacoeconomics and Regulation Online. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to phannacoeconomics and the regulatory role of the FDA. It is open to students in the MPH program and Master's and Doctoral students from the School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] and (HCO 621 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 721 [Min Grade: C])

HCO 624. Healthy Lifestyles for the MCH Population: Integrating Nutrition with Physical Activity. 3 Hours.

This course will examine healthy lifestyles from the community viewpoint. Although nutrition is the primary focus of the course, it will also explore how nutrition and physical activity are integrated in programs and interventions for healthy lifestyles for the MCH population. There will be an emphasis on childhood obesity prevention and intervention. The course will integrate the Life Course model, illustrating the importance of early intervention as well as intervention at critical periods. This course will allow students to design an intervention and develop a policy paper to support MCR nutrition initiatives. Students will learn community-based strategies for promoting healthy lifestyles through improved eating and physical activity behaviors. The application of community-based planning based on "five cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle" (MCRB and ASTPHND,2008): access, collaboration, science and research, workforce, and communication will be included.

HCO 624Q. Healthy Lifestyles for the MCH Population: Integrating Nutrition with Physical Activity. 3 Hours.

This proposed course will look at nutrition and physical activity from the community nutrition and physical activity viewpoint. It will explore nutrition and physical activity in the MCH population and students will become aware of the different public health venues where current interventions are occurring as well as where intervention can occur.

HCO 625. Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part I - Introduction to Leadership. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families. This course is required for MPH and DrPH students in the HCOP/Maternal and Child Health track and is open to students from other tracks and departments. It is offered as a 3, one-hour course sequence to allow sufficient time for students to develop the background and skills that build upon each other. Other faculty members and external guest presenters will be invited to address specific topics. The course will include lectures, small group discussions, exercises, individual projects and service-learning field-based activities. Student presentations are required.

HCO 625Q. Advanced Leadership and Practice in MCH Part One - Introduction to Leadership Online. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families. This course is required for MPH and DrPH students in the HCOP/Maternal and Child Health track and is open to students from other tracks and departments. It is offered as a 3, one-hour course sequence to allow sufficient time for students to develop the background and skills that build upon each other. Other faculty members and external guest presenters will be invited to address specific topics. The course will include lectures, small group discussions, exercises, individual projects and service-learning field-based activities. Student presentations are required.

HCO 626. Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy. 1 Hour.

This is the second of a three course sequence designed to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in the development and delivery of needed programs and policies to promote the health and well being of MCH populations.
Prerequisites: HCO 625 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 626Q. Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module II - Collaborative Leadership and Advocacy Online. 1 Hour.

This is the second of a three course sequence designed to equip students with knowledge and skills needed to provide leadership in the development and delivery of needed programs and policies to promote the health and well being of MCH populations.

HCO 627. ADV Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Experience. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course sequence is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families.
Prerequisites: HCO 625 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 627Q. Adv Leadership and Practice in MCH Module III - Into the Streets: Lead/Field Exp Online. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course sequence is to provide students with the leadership skills necessary to work effectively at a community, state or regional level in the capacity of designing and advocating for programs and policies necessary to promote the health of women, children and families.
Prerequisites: HCO 625 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 628. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health. 3 Hours.

The class is designed to be interactive with practice sessions in class for the various skills of qualitative research: observation, writing, coding, analysis, individual interviewing, and focus group discussions. There will be three activities that will give the students a taste for being “in the field”: non-participant observation, a mock focus group, and in-depth interviews. Students will experience writing field notes, memo writing, coding, and abstracting from data via these three activities. Because many students will be applying qualitative methods in evaluation and needs assessment projects in the field of public health, we will also focus on these aspects in class.

HCO 629. Immigrant Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of key public health issues facing immigrant populations in the US, including the interrelationship between migration processes and health behaviors and outcomes, health and disease burdens for immigrant subgroups (e.g., Latinos, children), health care access and use, and health promotion/disease prevention.

HCO 630. Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course is the first of three HCOP departmental core courses for MPH students matriculating in an HCOP track, including Maternal and Child Health, Health Care Organization and Health Care Policy. It will substitute for the general School of Public Health core course for departmental students.

HCO 630Q. Introduction to Organization and Policy in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the history and legal basis of key components of public health, infectious disease control, maternal and child health, environmental health and the provision of health services. It then examines models of public health policy and the political context of policy making. Finally, the course includes an examination of the organization of the U.S. public health system and key strategic decisions facing the system. An examination of public health general and professional ethics is interwoven through the course.

HCO 631. Public Health Demography. 3 Hours.

This course will focus on principles of demography (the study of population) as related to public health. Course content covers: the measurement and analysis of fertility, mortality, population size, and composition;sources and evaluation of demographic data, techniques of population projection;and determinants and consequences of population trends and processes with applications for health and health care.

HCO 631Q. Pubilc Health Demography Online. 3 Hours.

This course will focus on principles of demography (the study of population) as related to public health. Course content covers: the measurement and analysis of fertility, mortality, population size, and composition;sources and evaluation of demographic data, techniques of population projection;and determinants and consequences of population trends and processes with applications for health and health care.

HCO 632. Readings in Maternal Child Health. 1-3 Hour.

Critical analysis of literature in single area of maternal and child health under supervision of faculty member.

HCO 633. Research Design and Analysis. 2 Hours.

The Research Design and Analysis course is designed to provide graduate students with an introduction to fundamental tools needed to propose, conduct, and assess outcomes of their research. The course will take them from the basics of developing hypotheses, conducting literature reviews (including an introduction to legal research) and critically analyzing literature reviewed, formalizing constructs to be addressed and developing valid, accurate and reliable tools/techniques to measure those constructs, and finally, will address how to analyze and interpret results.

HCO 633Q. Research Design and Analysis Online. 2 Hours.

The Research Design and Analysis course is designed to provide graduate students with an introduction to fundamental tools needed to propose, conduct, and assess outcomes of their research. The course will take them from the basics of developing hypotheses, conducting literature reviews (including an introduction to legal research) and critically analyzing literature reviewed , formalizing constructs to be addressed and developing valid, accurate and reliable tools/techniques to measure those constructs, and finally, will address how to analyze and interpret results.

HCO 635. Writing Grants and Programming Awards in Public Health. 3 Hours.

Whether your public health career path leads you to a position in a public, non-profit, private, or academic setting, you will very likely be involved in some capacity with either writing or managing a grant. This course on grant-writing will provide you with in-demand skills necessary to possess when seeking a job in the field of public health. You will learn how to: 1) communicate your ideas effectively and persuasively, 2) write clearly and succinctly, 3) prepare a coherent, logical research plan, and 4) develop an organizational and management plan for carrying out your work. At the completion of this course, students will have written a grant proposal that is suitable for submission to an extramural funding agency.

HCO 640. Disaster and Emergency Management. 3 Hours.

The course will provide a concerted look into the realm of disaster and emergency management. Discussions in this course will concentrate on how disaster and emergency management has changed since 9/11 including new legislation and governmental structures. The course will culminate with a look at the roles and responsibilities of the public health system in preparing for and responding to both natural and man-initiated disasters. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in prepraredness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 641. Health Preparedness and Response Policy. 3 Hours.

Preparedness policy can be defined as the sum of national and subnational governmental activities with the intent to protect the public's health and security. Discussions in this course will focus on policy and policy making in the U.S. and more particlarly on preparedness policy and its evolution since 9/11. The purpose of this course will be to develop a skill set that will allow students to frame issues tinto social, cultural, regional and ethical norms, consider historical and poltical influence policy choices. Courses is for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency, management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 642. Preparedness and Agriculture. 3 Hours.

This course presents the potential effects of an animal disease outbreak, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, on the affected communities. Topics covering the prevention and diagnosis of and the response to an animal disease outbreak will be presented. Examples of the interaction of public health with other disciplines will be provided. This course is designed for MPH students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness. NOTE: It is preferred that this course be completed during the final year of enrollment; however, any MPH candidate who has completed the entire core curriculum is eligible to enroll in the course.

HCO 643. Emergency Preparredness Exercise, Evaluation & Communication. 3 Hours.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the psychological processes that occur during crises, how those processes impact human functioning, and how communication plays a critical role in the psychological outcomes of crisis situations.

HCO 644. Needs Assessment, Program Planning and Evaluation: The Public Health Planning Process. 3 Hours.

To introduce the needs assessment, program planning and evaluation processes specifically related to public health and to provide practical experiences to develop skills in the range of activities needed to conduct needs assessments and use the information gathered to plan, direct, and evaluate public health programs and impact public health policies.

HCO 670. Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This class examines situations where public health programs or policies create or become embroiled in social controversies. Topics examined include: the underlying social conflicts involved in these controversies, the nature of the types of groups involved, and the ethical dilemmas that face decision makers in these situations.

HCO 670Q. Social & Ethical Issues in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

This class examines situations where public health programs or policies create or become embroiled in social controversies. Topics examined include: the underlying social conflicts involved in these controversies, the nature of the types of groups involved, and the ethical dilemmas that face decision makers in these situations.

HCO 672. Perinatal Health: Issues, Data & Policies. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to perinatal health issues and polices. In addition, the course will allow students to gain basic skills in analysis of population-based data sets using SAS. This course at the 600-level is an elective for students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy’s MCH Leadership and Policy Track. It is offered at the 700-level for doctoral students. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register. An introductory SAS course is recommended but not required.

HCO 672Q. Perinatal Health: Issues, Data & Policies Online. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to perinatal health issues and polices. In addition, the course will allow students to gain basic skills in analysis of population-based data sets using SAS. This course at the 600-level is an elective for students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy’s MCH Leadership and Policy Track. It is offered at the 700-level for doctoral students. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register. An introductory SAS course is recommended but not required.

HCO 673. Applied Health Policy:Global Child Health Issues. 3 Hours.

The focus of the course will be on four current and complex policy issues (2 domestic; 2 international): refugee health; immunization activities and the link to autism; obesity in children and physical inactivity; and child labor. Pertinent background information related to international, federal, state and local policies and systems will be studied. Students should gain both technical capacity for analysis and an understanding of the health policy process. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in health policy, international health, or maternal and child health.

HCO 675. Improving Health Care Quality and Outcomes. 3 Hours.

Examination of current issues in quality of care and outcomes management. The course includes a review of past and current efforts, tools, and theories of quality assessment, assurance, utilization management, and measuring and improving outcomes.

HCO 677. Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement. 3 Hours.

Detailed examination of patient-based outcomes measurement in the context of health care delivery systems and health care policy. Topics include: Theories and development of outcome evaluation instruments; disease-specific and generic measures of outcome; utility estimation; mediators and moderators of health outcomes; issues in instrument selection and administration; methods for evaluating outcomes data; and uses of outcomes data.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] and (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612 [Min Grade: C])

HCO 677Q. Patient-Based/Centered Outcomes Research Online. 3 Hours.

This course will provide an in-depth overview of the concepts, methods, and instruments used to evaluate health from the perspective of the individual. The overall objective of this course is to provide a detailed examination of patient-based/centered outcomes measurement in the context of health care delivery systems and health care policy. The course will incorporate lectures, classroom discussion, in-class exercises, and occasional guest speakers.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C])

HCO 680. Aging Policy. 3 Hours.

Providing for the physical and economic well-being of the aging population is a continual challenge facing society. The objectives of this course are to develop an understanding of the influence of demographic changes, economic factors, and public policy on the health status and health care of the aging population; investigate the work, retirement, savings, and health insurance decisions facing the elderly; describe the system of health care financing and delivery arrangements for the elderly in the United states and other developing countries. NOTE: Basic biostatistics or equivalent required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 686. Integrative Health Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to engage students in critical thinking about the goals, paradigms, effectiveness and implementation of health care policy in the United States. The course will incorporate several concepts from public policy analysis, public policymaking, health politics, public opinion research, media research, and technical-writing communication. NOTE: There are no prerequisite course requirements; however, students are expected to be familiar with the basics of the U.S. health care system and prior experience in health policy will be useful.

HCO 687. Empirical Methods for Health Research. 3 Hours.

The objectives of the course are to provide thorough treatment of simple and multivariate regression models, simple binary dependent variable models, instrumental variables estimators, sample selection and two-part models, and simple panel data models. Course provides students with an opportunity to acquire hands-on software. This course is designed for students who have had limited experience with regression analysis but a working knowledge of simple statistics, probability distributions, and basic calculus. Preq: Students should have had an upper level undergraduate or graduate course in statistics and probability; basic calculus.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 687Q. Empirical Methods for Health Research Online. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of regression analysis in context of health services and health policy research. The focus is strictly on applied empirical work, rather than the mathematical concepts that go into creating the empirical tools. This course should be useful to graduate students who anticipate analyzing large, secondary datasets and interpreting results as part of their degree requirements or in their careers. Prerequisites: senior undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics & Probability Distributions Basic Calculus.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 690. Integrative Experience. 3 Hours.

This course has been designed "to synthesize and integrate knowledge acquired in course work and other learning experiences and to apply theory and principles in a situation that approximates some aspect of professional practice" through the analysis of actual cases from the annals of public health practice, participation in a strategic planning exercise, and the development of a new case from current and emerging areas of critical interest to public health. Students working in multi-disciplinary groups will demonstrate their ability to apply the general and specific public health knowledge they have acquired through their courses of study and effectively apply that knowledge across disciplines to the effective resolution of public health problems.

HCO 691. Policy Analysis: Modeling & Simulation. 3 Hours.

Training in basic skills necessary to design, test, implement, manage, present, and critique policy analysis in health care sector. Fundamentals of policy research design, and linkage between theory and operation. Various research techniques examined case studies and analyses of secondary data. Emphasis on choosing appropriate analytical strategies for particular policy issues. Data analysis using computers and critical evaluation of technical policy literature. Special topics in econometrics also addressed. Original policy analytic paper required at end of sequence.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] and HCO 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 691Q. Policy Analysis Modeling and Simulation Online. 3 Hours.

This course shows how models are built and used for public policy making and decision analysis. Topics include spreadsheet models, discrete event modeling, queuing, random number generation, Markov models, systems dynamics models and agent based models. If time permits, we will also look at Linear Programming. You should already have some minimal experience in using a spreadsheet program (Excel, Lotus, Quattro, etc.).
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] and BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 692. Adv Top Hlth Disparities Rsch. 3 Hours.

The primary aim of this course is to engage students in critical thinking about the current paradigms for health care disparities research in the US. As a part of this process, students will be challenged to think about the social, political, and economic determinants of health disparities for diverse health care consumers, to identify substantive trends and gaps in the health disparities literature, and to develop an innovative research or policy-oriented strategy for reducing health disparities. A secondary aim is to provide students with a broad overview of health and health care disparities according to race/ethnicity, gender, and health status. The three specific racial/ethnic groups are: African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Asian/Pacific Islanders. The gender classifications include men and women. The health status groupings include persons with chronic health problems (such as diabetes or mental health condition, e.g. schizophrenia).

HCO 694. Special Problems in Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

Continuation of HCO 693 - Policy Analysis: Modeling and Simulation.
Prerequisites: HCO 693 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 695. Seminar in Health Care Organization. 1-3 Hour.

Factors currently influencing finance and administration of public and private health programs; availability, accessibility, and utilization by selected population groups.

HCO 696. Selected Topics in Public Health Finance. 3 Hours.

Financing of public health programs; sources of revenue (grants and contracts, tax revenues, and service fees), capital financing, and management of cash flows Techniques of maximizing revenues in public health programs.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 697. Internship. 3 Hours.

Field experience under joint direction of faculty member and qualified specialist working in selected aspects of public health. Written report specifying activities, products, and outcomes of experience required upon completing the internship.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]) and ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] and HB 600 [Min Grade: C] and HCO 630 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 697Q. Internship Online. 3 Hours.

Field experience under joint direction of a public health faculty member and qualified specialist working in selected aspects of public health.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or (BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]) and ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] and EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] and HB 600 [Min Grade: C] and HCO 630 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 698. Master's Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy. 1-9 Hour.

Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty.

HCO 699. Master's Level Project Research Health Care Organization and Policy. 1-9 Hour.

Research for project under direction of appropriate faculty and/or research project committee.

HCO 701. Health Economics. 3 Hours.

Economics as systematic way of thinking about use of resources. Tools of economics applied to issues of organization, delivery, financing, and outcome of health care. Develops economic principles and describes systems of health care financing and delivery in the United States, providing basis for analyzing health management and policy options. With didactic coursework provided in HCO 601, doctoral students prepare a major paper under instructor's direction.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 703. Public Health Policy - Doctoral Level. 3 Hours.

Theoretical framework and concepts used to understand evolution of public health policies and processes of policy formulation, implementation, and change.Significance of health policy for public health practical foundation of knowledge and skills useful in analyzing and responding to policy environment. Doctoral students will have an emphasis on independent analysis of health policy issues.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 701 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 704. Advanced Public Health Economics. 3 Hours.

Advanced analysis of economic concepts important to public health problems; government financing of health services, public health deliver, utilization of health, and public health services; and perspectives and policy issues in public health.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 701 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 706. Strategic Mgmt Theory/Research. 3 Hours.

AH 706: Strategic Management Theory and Research is to provide a forum for the introduction of the concepts and issues ofstrategic management in order to facilitate their imderstanding and communications. The mission ofthe strategic management track is to develop highly qualified strategic management scholars and teachers who are contributing to the field. We accomplish this mission through: Our strategic management courses, Faculty/student interaction, Publishing and presenting our work, and Teaching others.

HCO 708. Reproductive Health. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to provide students with a foundation in reproductive health. It examines reproductive health issues, problems, policies, programs and services, primarily in low-to-middle income countries.

HCO 711. Child Health and Development: Womb to Young to Adulthood. 3 Hours.

The premise of this course is that an understanding of principles of development is critical to developing, implementing, and evaluating effective programs and services for children and women of childbearing age. Through didactic, experiential, and interactive learning activities students will explore the processes that influence children¿s health and development and the supports and services that are needed to enhance those mechanisms. Issues for children and adolescents with special health care needs and well as typically developing children and youth will be included in lectures, discussions, and class projects.

HCO 713. Health Information Technology and Policy. 3 Hours.

Expands on content of introductory course in health policy. Insights into system's attributes; characteristics dictating its structure and function.
Prerequisites: HCO 603 [Min Grade: C] and HCO 607 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 715. Finance for Health Professionals. 3 Hours.

Financial management of public health care organizations. Emphasis on time value on money, capital raising methods, cost of capital, capital budgeting methods and working capital policy. Problem-solving orientation with applications to public health issues.

HCO 718. Mgt Concepts in Pub Hlth Progs. 3 Hours.

Organization structure, management, finance and budgeting, human resources, contracts, negotiation, and operations research in public health settings. Presentation of general principles combined with study of actual cases from practice.

HCO 720. Health Insurance and Managed Care. 3 Hours.

Insurance is a mechanism for dealing with the consequences of uncertain future states of the world. Health insurance and its consequences are significant reasons why health care markets differ from others. This course will present the underpinnings of health insurance, the classic problems of moral hazard and adverse selection, issues in the nature and effects of competition in the evolving managed care industry, employer sponsored health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid and current topics in health insurance and managed care.
Prerequisites: HCO 601 [Min Grade: C] or HA 645 [Min Grade: C] or AH 701 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 721. Clinical Decision Making and Cost Effectiveness Analysis. 3 Hours.

The objectives of this course are to acquaint public health and other professionals with techniques of decision making under conditions of uncertainty and the basics of cost-effectiveness analysis. Topics include decision analysis, Markov processes, Monte Carlo simulation, valuing diagnostic tests, and measuring the costs and outcomes of health service programs. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to understand the strengths and limitations of these types of analysis and determine the relevance of research findings to their own areas of expertise. NOTE: If course work (BST 601 or BST 611 and BST 612) are not met, then permission of instructor is required.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 722. Cost-Effectiveness Research Methods. 3 Hours.

The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the design and implementation of cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. Specific topics include cost estimation, effectiveness measurement, time preference, uncertainty, ethical issues, valuing health outcomes, and ethical issues in cost-effectiveness research. At the end of the course students will develop and present analysis plans related to their particular fields of practice. Preq: HCO 721 or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites: HCO 721 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 723. Management of Complex Health Organizations. 3 Hours.

Complexity as related to management of health organizations. Academic health centers as models of complex organization. Incentive systems, organizational politics, and ownership and control within context of high complex health organizations.

HCO 728. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health. 3 Hours.

The class is designed to be interactive with practice sessions in class for the various skills of qualitative research: observation, writing, coding, analysis, individual interviewing, and focus group discussions. There will be three activities that will give the students a taste for being “in the field”: non-participant observation, a mock focus group, and in-depth interviews. Students will experience writing field notes, memo writing, coding, and abstracting from data via these three activities. Because many students will be applying qualitative methods in evaluation and needs assessment projects in the field of public health, we will also focus on these aspects in class.

HCO 729. Immigrant Health. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of key public health issues facing immigrant populations in the US, including the interrelationship between migration processes and health behaviors and outcomes, health and disease burdens for immigrant subgroups (e.g., Latinos, children), health care access and use, and health promotion/disease prevention. This course is designed to be taken by doctoral students in either a DrPH program or a health related PhD program at UAB. Knowledge of quantitative or qualitative methods and experience with data analysis will be helpful for completion of the final research project.

HCO 740. Disaster and Emergency Management. 3 Hours.

The course will proivde a concerted look into the realm of disaster and emergency management. Discussions in this course will concentrate on how disaster and emergency management has changed since 9/11 including new legislation and governmental structures. The course will culminate with a look at the roles and responsibilities of the public health system in preparing for and responding to both natural and man-initiated disasters. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 741. Health Preparedness and Response Policy. 3 Hours.

Preparedness policy can be defined as the sum of national and subnational governmental activities with the intent to protect the public's health and security. Discussion in this course will focus on policy and policy making in the U.S. and more particularly on preparedness policy and its evolution sice 9/11. The purpose of this course will be develop a skill set thta will allow studentd to frame issues into social, cultural, regional, and ethical norms, consider historiacl and political influence policy choices. Course is form advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness.

HCO 742. Preparedness and Agriculture. 3 Hours.

This course presents the potential effects of an animal disease outbreak, whether natural, accidental or deliberate, on the affected communities. Topics covering the prevention and diagnosis of and the response to an animal disease outbreak will be presented. Examples of the interaction of public health with other disciplines will be provided. This course is designed for MPH students with an interest in preparedness policy, emergency management, or public health preparedness. NOTE: It is preferred that this course is completed during the final year of enrollment; however, any MPH candidate who has completed the entire core curriculum is eligible to enroll in the course.

HCO 743. Emergency Preparedness Exercise, Evaluation & Communication. 3 Hours.

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the psychological processes that occur during crises, how those processes impact human functioning, and how communication plays a critical role in the psychological outcomes of crisis situations.

HCO 772. Perinatal Hlth Issues. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to provide students with knowledge related to perinatal health issues and polices. In addition, the course will allow students to gain basic skills in analysis of population-based data sets using SAS. This course at the 600-level is an elective for students seeking the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy’s MCH Leadership and Policy Track. It is offered at the 700-level for doctoral students. Other students interested in this area are encouraged to register. An introductory SAS course is recommended but not required.

HCO 773. Applied Health Policy:Global/Child Health Issues. 3 Hours.

The focus of the course will be on four current and complex policy issues (2 domestic; 2 international ): refugee health; imunication activities and the link to autism; obesity in children and physical inactivity; and child labor. Pertinent background information related to international federal, state and local policies and systems will be studied. Students should gain both technical capacity for analysis and an understanding of the health policy process. This course is intended for advanced MPH or doctoral students with an interest in health policy, international health, or maternal and child health.

HCO 777. Patient-Based Outcomes Measures. 3 Hours.

This course will provide a detailed examination of patient based outcomes measurement in the context of health care delivery systems and health care policy.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C] and BST 612 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 781. Research Methods ans Study Design. 3 Hours.

This course examines empirical methods utilized in health policy and management research.
Prerequisites: HCO 787 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 782. Advanced Casual Inference. 3 Hours.

Casuaul inference involves the methods and thinking one uses to move from associations to cause-and-effect relationships. This course provides an intermediate treatment of econometric and biostatistical methods for the casual inference in public health.

HCO 786. Integrative Health Policy Analysis. 3 Hours.

The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to engage students in critical thinking about the goals, paradigms. effectiveness and implementation of health care policy in the United States. The course will incorporate several concepts from public policy analysis, public policymaking, health politics, public opinion research, media research, and technical-writing communication. NOTE: There are no prerequisite course requirements; however, students are expected to be familiar with the basics of the U.S. health care system and prior experience in health policy will be useful.

HCO 787. Empirical Methods for Health Research. 3 Hours.

The objectives of the course are to provide thorough treatment of simple and multivariate regression models, simple binary dependent variable models, instrumental variables estimators, sample selection and two-part models, and simple panel data models. Course provides students with an opportunity to acquire hands-on software. This course is designed for students who have had limited experience with regression analysis but a working knowledge of simple statistics, probability distributions, and basic calculus. Students must have upper level undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics and probability; basic calculus.
Prerequisites: BST 601 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 788. Longitudinal Meth Hlth Ser Res. 3 Hours.

This course provides an intermediate treatment of econometric and biostatistical methods for longitudinal analyses of data in public health.
Prerequisites: HCO 787 [Min Grade: B]

HCO 791. Policy Analysis:Modeling & Simulation. 3 Hours.

Training in basic skills necessary to design, test, implement, manage, present, and critique policy analysis in health care sector. Fundamentals of policy research design, and linkage between theory and operation. Various research techniques examined case studies and analyses of secondary data. Emphasis on choosing appropriate analytical strategies for particular policy issues. Data analysis using computers and critical evaluation of technical policy literature. Special topics in econometrics also addressed. Original policy analytic paper required at end of sequence. Preq: BST 600 or higher.
Prerequisites: BST 600 [Min Grade: C]

HCO 792. Advanced Topic in Health Disparities Research. 3 Hours.

This primary aim of this course is to engage students in critical thinking about the current paradigms for health care disparities research in the U.S.

HCO 793. DrPH Practicum. 3-6 Hours.

Doctoral students are required to complete a 6 hour practicum working in a public health agency or organization.

HCO 795. Directed Readings. 1-5 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to assist students in preparing literature reviews, manuscripts, or to complete other activities as deemed appropriate by the faculty member. Final objectives will be based upon the work between the student and advisor.

HCO 796. Doctoral Seminar. 1 Hour.

Doctoral students will be introduced to advanced topics in public health policy and practice, health services research methods and management research. In addition, topics directly related to doctoral studies (article critques, literature reviews, manuscript preparation, dissertation protocol development, etc.) will be discussed.

HCO 797. Directed Readings. 3-9 Hours.

The primary aims of this seminar are to engage students in critical thinking about current issues in management research, public health policy and public health practice and to expose students to state-of-the-art methodological issues in health services research.

HCO 798. Doctoral Level Directed Research Health Care Organization and Policy. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is for students to develop dissertation research protocols that will be presented to their dissertation committee for final approval. Final objectives will be based upon the work between the student and advisor.

HCO 799. Dissertation Research HCOP. 3-9 Hours.

Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee. Must be advanced to candidacy.
Prerequisites: GAC D

Faculty

Becker, David J., Associate Professor, 2005, Ph.D. (University of California - Berkley), Specializes in health, labor and regulatory economics
Blackburn, Justin, Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D. (UAB), Research is primarily focused on using large secondary data sources, such as medical billing claims from Medicaid and Medicare, to answer questions about health outcomes, health services utilization, and changes in health policy
Bronstein, Janet M., Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy; Co-coordinator of M.P.A.-M.P.H. degree program, UAB School of Public Health, 1986, Ph.D. (Kentucky), Health services utilization, health policy, community-based organizations
Budhwani, Henna, Assistant Professor, Deputy Director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health, 2013, M.P.H., Ph.D. (UAB), Health disparities and health care utilization
Duncan, W. Jack, Professor of Management and University Scholar Emeritus, 1972, Ph.D. (Louisiana State)
Ginter, Peter M., Professor; Director of the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center, 1983, Ph.D. (North Texas), Strategic management, leadership, and health care organizations
Hites, Lisle, Assistant Professor, 2010, Ph.D. (Tulane), Structural modeling of predictors of on the job injuries suffered by law enforcement, firefighters, and corrections officers, and understanding the relationship between situation awareness and decision making quality in non-routine emergency response
Kilgore, Meredith, Professor and Chair, 2002, Ph.D. (RAND Graduate School), Burden of disease associated with osteoporosis and related bone fractures and the effects of bone metastases on skeletal related events, an intervention to improve osteoporosis in the home health setting, the effectiveness of prophylactic enteric feeding tubes in patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer, and a study of the quality of primary care for patients diagnosed with cancer.
Kulczycki, Andrezej, Associate Professor, 2000, Ph.D. (Michigan), Reproductive health, demography, maternal and child health, health programs and policies, and research methods
McCormick, Lisa, Assistant Professor, 2010, Dr.PH. (UAB), Public health preparedness and response, the organization of response systems, and assessing interorganizational networks as a dimension of response capacity and community resiliency
Menachemi, Nir, Professor, 2008, Ph.D. (UAB), Strategic management and health information
Mennemeyer, Stephen T., Professor, 1989, Ph.D. (SUNY Buffalo)
Michael III, Max, Professor and Dean, 2001, M.D. (Harvard)
Mulvihill, Beverly, Associate Professor, 1992, M.Ed. (North Carolina - Chapel Hill) Ph.D. (Texas Women's), Child Development, Children with and At-Risk for Disabilities, Early Intervention, Child Care Issues
Pass, Mary Ann, Cerdentialed Course Instructor, 2008, M.D. (UAB), Public Health Practice, especially Maternal and Child Health Programs, Disease Control Programs, Women's Health, Community-based Primary Care/Systems Development
Preskitt, Julie, Assistant Professor, 2010, M.S.O.T., M.P.H. (UAB), Ph.D. (Auburn), Children with special health care needs, maternal and child health policy, disability policy, and underinsurance/adequacy of insurance
Rucks, Andrew, Professor, Director of Finance and Administration, Dean's Office, 2004, Ph.D. (North Texas), Finance management, strategic planning, and process of analysis; conducts research in public health preparedness fo rall hazrads; designs, facilitates, and evaluates drills and exercises; and provides advice to agencies and companies in a variety of areas including continuity of operations planning, process optimization, and strategic planning.
Sen, Bisakha, Professor, 2002, Ph.D. (Ohio State), Effects of environmental and policy changes on behaviors and health outcomes of vulnerable changes, including substance use, sexual activity, obesity, injury, and health service utilization
Topp, Stephanie, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2014, Ph.D. (Nossal Institute, Melbourne)
Turan, Janet M., Associate Professor, 2011, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins)
White, Kari, Assistant Professor, 2011, M.P.H. (Tulane), Ph.D. (University of Texas - Austin)Ph.D. (, Immigrant women's reproductive health, with an emphasis on contraceptive use
Wingate, Martha, Associate Professor, 2005, Dr.PH. (Birmingham-Southern), Preterm birth, fetal and infant mortality, racial and ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, and health policies related to pregnancy and infant health