Interdisciplinary Programs

School-wide Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

The School of Public Health offers several interdisciplinary graduate level programs, which utilize the expertise found in other UAB schools and universities.

  • Coordinated Doctor of Dentistry and Master of Public Health
  • Coordinated Doctor of  Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health
  • Coordinated Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health
  • Coordinated Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science Public Health
  • Coordinated PhD in Biomedical Science and Master of Public Health
  • Coordinated Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master of Public Health

Coordinated MPH / Dentistry (DMD) Program
 

Students must be admitted to the UAB School of Dentistry before being considered for the Coordinated DMD/MPH Program. For more information about the Dentistry Program click here.


Purpose

To provide the opportunity for students in the UAB School of Dentistry to pursue public health education during their dental school training in a flexible format that accommodates their academic schedule while assuring critical instruction in the core areas of public health and in specific competency areas considered essential to dentists with public health training.

Admissions

Students must be admitted to the UAB School of Dentistry DMD program before being considered for the DMD/MPH. Once a student has obtained admission to the dental school, we will consider them to have met our basic admission criteria. Some students may elect to apply to both programs at the same time, others after they have matriculated to dental school. In either case, we will ask students to have the dental school forward their application packet to us.

Schedule and Graduation

It is expected that both programs will be completed within five years, at which time both degrees will be awarded. In the event the student fails to complete the requirements for the DMD degree but wishes to obtain the MPH, his or her background and other credentials will be reviewed by the department of interest to the student and if an appropriate MPH degree program can be identified, additional degree requirements will be determined.

MPH / DMD Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be integrated, to a limited extent, in an effort to enhance recruitment of students into this coordinated program while still meeting the instructional objectives of each degree.   Below are the course required for the MPH degree, for information about the DMD curriculum please click here.

RequirementsHours
Core Requirement
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
SOPH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
PUH Electives10
DMD Course Options Select 12 hours of the approved electives courses below12
Evidence-Based Dentistry
Community Dentistry
Community Service Rotations D4
High Stakes Assessments D1
High Stakes Assessment D2
High Stakes Assessments D3
High Stakes Assessments D4
Total Hours42

At the end of the program you need 30 hours from School of Public Health and 12 from School of Denistry (42 total hours).

Coordinated MPH / DVM Program
 

Students must be admitted to the Auburn University's Veterinary Medicine program before being considered for the Coordinated DVM/MPH Program. For more information about the DVM Program please contact the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University; www.vetmed.auburn.edu, phone (334) 844-2685 or email admiss@vetmed.auburn.edu



Entry Into Program

Students may enter the MPH at any time during enrollment in the DVM program, but there must be evidence that the MPH coursework will be completed prior to completion of the DVM. A student who is already enrolled in a UAB’s MPH program who is subsequently accepted to Auburn University’s DVM program may apply to transfer to the DVM/MPH program track. Alternatives to this arrangement will be considered by the student and his or her advisor. It is expected that both programs will be completed within five years, at which time both degrees will be awarded. The Associate Dean will review the application and make an admission decision. The Associate Dean will serve as the advisor for all DVM/MPH students.

To apply to the UAB School of Public Health MPH Program, interested students should submit their application using The University of Alabama at Birmingham's web-based system Apply Yourself.


To View Application Requirementswww.soph.uab.edu/graduate/prospective/admissions/us


RequirementsHours
Core Requirements
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
or EPI 610 Principles of Epidemiologic Research
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship (DVM/MPH focus)3
PUH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
Elective courses (PUH)10
Credits from DVM at Auburn Univeristy12
VMED 5030/ Public Health and VMED 5250/Principles of Infectious Diseases.
Total Hours42

Note: A student must complete 30 hours of coursework at UAB School of Public Health and 12 hours are shared with the DVM program for a total of 42.


Dropping Out of the Program Prior to Completion

Students MUST complete both degrees to successfully complete the program. Students must meet with the MD/MPH committee to request a leave or to drop out of the program.

Coordinated MPH / MD Program

Admissions

Students must be admitted to the UAB School of Medicine (SOM) MD program before being considered for the Coordinated MD/MPH Program. Interested students will have the School of Medicine forward their application materials to the School of Public Health (SOPH), submit to the Graduate School a SOPH application, and career goals statement. Students may elect to apply to both programs at the same time, to the MPH program after they have matriculated to medical school or, if accepted to the SOM after enrolling in the MPH, the student may transfer to the coordinated degree. The Associate Dean will review the application, make an admission decision, and serve as the advisor for all MD/MPH students.


MD/MPH Four-Year and Five-Year Programs

The Schools of Medicine and Public Health have collaborated to provide two programs to allow medical students to earn their Master’s in Public Health (MPH): a four-year program and a five-year program.

The Five-Year Program

Students following the five-year program take a year off of medical school to complete MPH coursework. Students can elect to complete MPH coursework before, during, or after medical school. Students can complete some courses online and can choose an area of concentration or pursue a general MPH. You can apply to the five year program at any time during medical school.

The Four-Year Program

Students can follow a program that allows them to earn their MPH during the four years of medical school. There are two options for this program: Primary Care Scholars program or a general MPH. Students must enroll in the four-year program the summer before the first year of medical school.


RequirementsHours
Core Requirement 20 / 21
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Intro to Epidemiology3
or EPI 610 Principles of Epidemiologic Research
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
PUH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
PUH Electives10
Credit from MD Curriculum12
Total Hours42

Note: A student must complete 30 hours of coursework at UAB School of Public Health and 12 hours are
shared with the MD program for a total of 42. 


Dropping Out of the Program Prior to Completion

Students MUST complete both degrees to successfully complete the program. Students must meet with the MD/MPH committee to request a leave or to drop out of the program.

Coordinated PhD/MPH Program
UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences and School of Public Health

Purpose

To provide the opportunity for students in the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Programs to pursue public health education during their school training in a flexible format that accommodates their academic schedule while assuring critical instruction in the core areas of public health and in specific competency areas that are considered essential to biomedical science professionals with public health training.


Admissions

We will utilize an expedited admissions process for these students to avoid excessive paperwork on their end as well as ours. Students must be admitted to the UAB Graduate School before being considered for the PhD/MPH. Once a student has obtained admission to the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology program, we will consider them to have met our basic admission criteria. Some students may elect to apply to both programs at the same time, others after they have already matriculated to school. In either case, we will ask students to have the graduate school forward their application packet to us. Applicants will be reviewed by the Academic Dean within the existing guidelines provided by the Admissions and Graduation Committee.
 


Schedule and Graduation

It is expected that both programs will be completed within five years, at which time both degrees will be awarded. In the event the student fails to complete the requirements for the PhD degree but wishes to obtain the MPH, his or her background and other credentials will be reviewed by the department of interest to the student and if an appropriate MPH degree program can be identified, additional degree requirements will be determined.


Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be integrated, to a limited extent, in an effort to enhance recruitment of students into this coordinated program while still meeting the instructional objectives of each degree.
 

RequirementsHours
Core Requirement 20 / 21
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Introduction to Population Based Health Programs3
PUH 697Practice Placement / Internship3
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience1
PUH Required Course
PUH 627Writing & Reviewing Research for MPH Candidates (this course is waived)3
or GRD 727 Writing & Reviewing Research
PUH Electives10
Biomedical Electives Select 12 hours of the approved Biomedical electives courses below12
Research Analysis & Presentation
Introduction to Experimental Medicine
Grantsmanship and Scientific Writing
Methods and Scientific Logic
Genomic Structure and Function
GGS Bioinformatics
Advanced Medical Genetics
Advanced Human Genomics
Mitochondria in Health, Disease & Toxicology
Cardiometabolic Disease Journal Club
Biology of Disease
Communicating Science: Reading, Writing and Presentation
Pathobiology of Cancer
Total Hours42