Coordinated PhD in Biomedical Science / Master of Public Health Program

PhD/MPH Coordinated PhD in Biomedical Science / Master of Public Health

Program Description

This coordinated degree program is offered through the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS) and the UAB School of Public Health. Students may focus their MPH in Environmental Health Science or Epidemiology. MPH focus courses may be customized to the experience and needs of the student.

A mission of UAB is to be a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the State and beyond. The MPH at the UAB School of Public Health prepares students for careers to improve the health and well being of individuals, families, communities and populations, locally and globally. Therefore, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health have aligned their educational strength in the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Master’s Degree in Public Health, to offer a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning. In response to an NIH study on Graduate Education and Career Opportunities, we are seeking graduate students with an entrepreneurial attitude and a strong will to succeed in an ever-changing scientific landscape.

MD/MPH Curriculum

Program Requirements

Students must complete the MPH Core plus 10 credit hours of MPH focus courses for a total of 30 credit hours in addition to the required GBS curriculum requirements. Twelve credit hours from the GBS curriculum are credited toward the MPH degree for a total of 42 MPH credit hours. Students may complete the MPH degree program totally online, in class, or through a mix of online and in class experiences.

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.


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 PhD/MPH curriculum please click here.

Core Requirement 20 / 21
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
or EPI 600 Intro to Epidemiology
HB 600Social and Behavioral Science Core3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services3
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
Grantsmanship and Scientific Writing
Methods and Scientific Logic
Genomic Structure and Function
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