School of Health Professions

Dean: Harold P. Jones, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs: Donna J. Slovensky, PhD

Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & Enterprise Development: M. Patrick McNees, PhD

Associate Dean for Research & Science: David B. Allison, PhD

Assistant Dean for Administrative & Fiscal Affairs: Melanie L. Talbot, MBA, CPA

Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment, Engagement & Success: Tracee M. Synco, PhD

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Research & Honors: Fred (Ted) Bertrand, III, PhD

The School of Health Professions delivers educational programs to prepare health personnel who will improve the services in health care and the systems through which these services are provided. In keeping with the mission of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the resources and programs of the school are dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activity and to service to the institution, the community, and the professions represented by programs of the school.

Degree options in the School of Health Professions include undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs sponsored by five academic departments – Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Health Services Administration, Nutrition Sciences, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. In addition, minors, certificates, and post-doctoral fellowships are available in some specialized areas. The School sponsors more than 25 degree and certificate options, all of which require students to apply for and be accepted to the specific degree or certificate program.

The School of Health Professions is committed to the practice of ethical standards of conduct. School policies, procedures, and regulations reflect this commitment and are in compliance with those of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. To ensure continued practice of ethical standards, the administration and the standing committees of the school (Faculty Affairs, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs) regularly review school policies and procedures. All research endeavors are in compliance with policies of the UAB Institutional Review Board. 

SHP Admissions

Entrance requirements for the individual educational programs of SHP vary. Persons desiring admission to a particular program should consult the appropriate section of the University Catalogs for specific entrance requirements, application process, and program information. Students who attend an institution other than UAB are encouraged to seek academic advisement from the intended program as early as possible to plan for completion of program prerequisites.

Application for admission to UAB to complete program entrance or pre-professional requirements at UAB may be made to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (http://www.uab.edu/students/undergraduate-admissions). Admission to UAB does not guarantee admission to the professional phase of any SHP program.

The School of Health Professions welcomes applications from all individuals who are prepared for the programs offered. All applicants must offer acceptable evidence of ability and intent to meet the academic standards specified by the particular program into which admission is desired. In addition, certain immunizations are required prior to enrollment; see UAB Student Health and Insurance Programs and UAB Immunization Policy. Accepted students are subject to background check and drug screen requirements. Applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability unrelated to program performance, disabled veteran status, or Vietnam era veteran status (see UAB Equal Opportunity Policy). Persons who have not yet decided upon a specific health career may obtain information from the SHP Office of Student Recruitment, Engagement, and Success, School of Health Professions Building, Room 230, 1705 University Boulevard; telephone: (205) 934-4195. 

SHP Mission, Vision, Values

The mission of the School of Health Professions is “To improve health care through teaching, research, and translation of discoveries into practice in partnership with the UAB community.” The School vision is, “To be recognized as the leading school of health professions – shaping the future of healthcare.” Fulfilling the mission requires faculty and staff to embrace the following organizational values:

  • Accountability
  • Collaboration/Cooperation
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Innovation/Creativity
  • Integrity/Ethical behavior
  • Open communication
  • Professional behavior 

SHP First Year Experience

All freshmen admitted to the university are required to complete a first year experience (FYE) course. The FYE sponsored by SHP, HRP 101 Experience the University Transition, is designed to ease the transition between high school and university experiences and to prepare students for success in health professions majors. The course is delivered in a blended seminar / online format. Students interact with faculty, advisers, and other students to learn academic skills and personal lifestyle management tactics to make their freshman experience positive and academically rewarding. Social interaction and engagement in the UAB community are key goals as well. 

Core Curriculum

All SHP majors are required to comply with the UAB core curriculum for a baccalaureate degree. However, most professional curricula in the school include specific prerequisite coursework that should be considered in making choices about options within the core curriculum. Students are strongly encouraged to make early contact with academic advisers in the School of Health Professions to plan their course schedules to meet the dual requirements of the core curriculum and the requirements of their chosen major. The courses identified in Area V of the core curriculum (Elective and Pre-professional Credits) differ by major, and are subject to change as programs respond to changes in workforce requirements. Students should work closely with their academic advisers to plan their programs of study during the freshman and sophomore years.

School-Wide Core / Capstone

The School of Health Professions does not specify a common core for all programs. Students must comply with the UAB core curriculum and the degree requirements for their chosen major. All SHP programs include capstone experiences, either a supervised practicum, a didactic course, or a combination of both. 

University Requirements

In order to receive a degree at UAB, a student must have a minimum 120 semester hours of acceptable credit. 

Interdisciplinary Majors / Minors

Interdisciplinary majors are not offered by the School of Health Professions. Students may elect to pursue any minor available at UAB in addition to their major, but minor study is not required. Several minor options are available in the School of Health Professions.

Minor in Biomedical Sciences

The minor in Biomedical Sciences requires completion of 18 semester hours of coursework; including 12 hours of required BMD courses and 6 elective hours. All courses (including prerequisites) must be completed with a grade of C or better and students must maintain a 2.5 overall GPA. Students must apply to the Biomedical Sciences program for admission to the minor.

RequirementsHours
Required Courses
BMD 315Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions I4
BMD 317Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology for Health Professions II4
BMD 420Pathophysiology for Health Professions4
Choose 6 Semester Hours of BMD/CDS Elective Courses6
Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology I
Clinical Anatomy and Histology
Laboratory Techniques in Biotechnology II
Fundamentals of Phlebotomy and Body Fluid Collection
Survival Spanish for Health Professionals
Competencies in Genetics for Health Professions
First Aid and Healthcare Provider CPR and AED Course
Introduction to Medical History Taking and Physical Examination
Total Hours18

Minor in Clinical Coding and Reimbursement

The Clinical Coding and Reimbursement minor requires completion of 24 semester hours of course work.  Students must contact the Health Care Management program office for admission to the minor, and must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

RequirementsHours
HIM 318Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology for Coding3
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 350Medical Terminology for Health Professionals3
HIM 417Pathology for Coders3
HIM 418Documentation Standards for Health Data3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HIM 441Diagnostic Coding for Health Care Organizations3
HIM 460Coding/Classification Systems3
Total Hours24

Minor in Health Care Management

The minor in Health Care Management requires completion of 21 semester hours of course work.  Students must apply to the Health Care Management program for admission to the minor, and must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

RequirementsHours
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 401Organizational Studies in Health Care4
HCM 403Operations Management in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 405Human Resource Managment in Health Care Organizations4
HCM 407Strategic Management in Health Care Organizations3
HCM 480Health Care Policy and Reform3
Total Hours21

Minor in Health Information Management

The Health Information Management minor requires completion of 18 semester hours of course work.  Students must contact the Health Care Management program office for admission to the minor, and must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

RequirementsHours
HCM 325Healthcare Law and Ethics3
HCM 330Health Care Systems3
HCM 425Healthcare Reimbursement Methods3
HCM 435Clinical and Administrative Information Systems3
HIM 418Documentation Standards for Health Data3
HIM 475Electronic Health Records3
Total Hours18

Minor in Nutrition Sciences

The Department of Nutrition Sciences offers  a minor option for undergraduate students matriculating in programs in the School of Health Professions.  Interested students from other schools may be admitted upon approval from the NTR minor program director. The Nutrition Sciences minor requires completion of 18 semester hours of course work, maintenance of a 2.5 GPA overall, and no grade lower than a C in minor courses.

RequirementsHours
NTR 222Nutrition and Health3
NTR 232Lifecycle Nutrition3
NTR 330Nutrition and Metabolism3
Choose 9 Hours of Elective Coursework From the List Below9
Nutrition and the Consumer
Nutritional Genetics
Nutrition Assessment and the Nutrition Care Process
Communications in Nutrition
Sports Nutrition
Food and Culture
Approved Research Experience Course
Total Hours18

School of Health Professions Undergraduate Research and Honors Programs

The School of Health Professions Undergraduate Research and Honors Programs provide experiential opportunities for undergraduate students to develop project leadership and research skills in a team environment to prepare for careers in health care or for graduate study in the health professions. All students’ projects are presented publicly in an appropriate professional forum.

SHP Honors Program. A cohort of students is accepted into the SHP Honors Program each year. Admission criteria include a 3.25 GPA and recommendation by the program director of the student’s major.  Honors students participate in four semester credits of interdisciplinary seminars and a minimum of six semester credits in honors projects under the direction of a faculty and community mentor. Projects may involve community research or service learning activities, and are completed by teams of students. Students who successfully complete all program requirements graduate with School Honors.

SHP Undergraduate Research Opportunities. Students who wish to pursue a mentored research experience outside of, or in addition to, the Honors Program are paired with a faculty mentor to complete a research activity consistent with their goals and abilities that will contribute meaningfully to their mentor’s research.

Mentored Research Project. Students who wish to complete individual projects must be registered for Mentored Research in the Health Professions while working with their mentor.  Project hours completed will be documented on the student’s academic transcript. The number of credit hours allocated to the project is negotiated among the student, the mentor, and the Assistant Dean.

Research Team Experiential Learning. Students may participate in a 3-semester team based research experience that pairs student teams with research mentors, to address research issues. Students participate in a two-credit research/team work/project development course, and then complete a minimum of six semester hours of research in a team. Teams of students who complete this experience will receive a certificate from the School for their professional portfolios.  

For information about application to any honors or research activity, or to make an appointment to discuss required courses and project work, please contact Dr. Ted Bertrand by email at fbrtrnd@uab.edu. Additional information is available on the SHP website at: http://www.uab.edu/shp/home/departments-programs.  

Courses

HRP 101. Experience the University Transition. 2 Hours.

Structured introduction to the college experience for entering freshmen with health professions majors.

HRP 105. Business Principles for Health and Life Sciences. 3 Hours.

Basic leadership concepts will be covered with special emphasis on oral and written communication, planning and goal setting, team building, decision-making and problem solving.

HRP 15. Mentored Research in the Health Professions. 1-6 Hour.

Field, laboratory, literary study, service learning or community based research project directed by a supervising mentor.

HRP 200. Responsible Conduct of Research Training. 0 Hours.

Provides required RCR training for undergraduates conducting any form of research at UAB.

HRP 300. Survey of Health Professions. 2 Hours.

A survey of undergraduate and graduate health professions that provide patient care and other services in the health care delivery system. Designed to assist undergraduate students in career investigation.

HRP 401. Honors Seminar I. 1 Hour.

Introduction to leadership and team principles. Skills development in public speaking and presentations. Skills development in information searching, literature review and proposal writing.

HRP 402. Honors Seminar II. 1 Hour.

Advanced leadership and team principles. Skills development in information critiquing, report writing, and presentation techniques.

HRP 405. Team-Based Problem Solving in the Health Professions. 2 Hours.

Blend of didactic, online, and mentored team work; development of effective team skills, including assessment, conflict management, and project development and management; information searching and critiquing, literature review, and technical writing. May be taken for Honors credit.

HRP 410. Honors Research Project. 1-3 Hour.

Development and completion of a scholarly project for presentation and publication under the direction of a faculty mentor. Two to four terms required for a minimum accumulation of 4 semester hours.

HRP 411. Honors Community Service Project. 1-3 Hour.

Development and completion of a community-based team project for presentation and publication under the direction of a faculty mentor.

HRP 415. Mentored Research in the Health Professions. 1-6 Hour.

Field, laboratory, literary study, service learning or community based research project directed by a supervising mentor.

HRP 475. Special Topics in Health Services or Clinical Research. 1-4 Hour.

Faculty-led exploration of current topics and issues in health services or clinical research.