Dean: Harold P. Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Donna J. Slovensky, Ph.D.
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, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. In addition, certificate options are available in some specialized areas.
The School of Health Professions provides the professional phase (upper division coursework) for the following programs leading to a Bachelor of Science degree: health information management, health care management, medical technology, nuclear medicine technology, and respiratory therapy. The pre-professional phase of these programs may be completed by taking the prescribed coursework at UAB or any other accredited university or college. All eligible undergraduate programs have been continuously accredited since their inception by the appropriate professional accrediting bodies.
At the graduate level, the School of Health Professions offers Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in administration/health services (offered jointly with the UAB School of Business), nutrition sciences, and rehabilitation sciences; Doctor of Science in administration/health services; and a Doctor of Physical Therapy; Master of Science degree programs in clinical laboratory sciences, nutrition sciences, genetic counseling, health administration, health informatics, occupational therapy, and surgical physician assistant. Post-baccalaureate certificates are also offered in biotechnology, dietetic internship, and low vision rehabilitation.
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) regularly review school policies and procedures. All research endeavors are in compliance with policies of the UAB Institutional Review Board.Back To Top
Entrance requirements for the individual educational programs of SHP vary greatly. Persons desiring admission to a particular program should consult the appropriate section of the School of Health Professions Catalog 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 SHP Office of Student Success 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, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1701 11th Street South, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, telephone: (205) 934-8221. 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. Applicants are considered regardless of race, color, religion, sex, 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 Success, School of Health Professions Building, Room 230, 1705 University Boulevard; telephone: (205) 934-4194.Back To Top
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:
- 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 Univ 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 three semester hours credit, and is designed to be delivered in a seminar format. Students interact with faculty, advisors, 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.Back To Top
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 advisors 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 greatly by major, and are subject to change as programs respond to changes in workforce requirements. Students should work closely with their academic advisors to plan their programs of study during the freshman and sophomore years.Back To Top
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.Back To Top
In order to receive a degree at UAB, a student must have a minimum 120 semester hours of acceptable credit.Back To Top
Interdisciplinary Majors / Minors
Interdisciplinary majors are not offered by the School of Health Professions. With the exception of the Health Care Management Program, undergraduate majors in the School prepare graduates for licensure or certification and professional practice in specific health professions disciplines. Curricula for these programs are prescribed by their accrediting bodies. Students may elect to pursue any minor available at UAB in addition to their major, but minor study is not required. The Health Care Management Program offers a minor to students completing a SHP undergraduate degree or students from other UAB schools with permission of the program director.
New Minor in Nutrition
Approved August 3, 2012
|NTR 222||Nutrition and Health||3|
|NTR 232||Lifecycle Nutrition||3|
|NTR 320||Nutrition and the Consumer||3|
|NTR 330||Nutrition and Metabolism||3|
|NTR 420||Nutritional Genetics||3|
|Select one of the following suggested courses: *||3|
|Concepts of Health and Fitness|
|Nutrition and Physical Activity|
|Food and Culture|
Please see the Nutrition Sciences Department for approval of alternate electives.
School of Health Professions Honors Program
The School of Health Professions Honors Program provides opportunities for students in professional degree programs to develop leadership and research skills to prepare for careers in health care. Students participate in two semester credits of interdisciplinary seminars and four semester credits in honors projects under the direction of a faculty mentor. Projects may involve research, service learning, or leadership activities. The student’s project, whether scholarly, service, or leadership, is presented publicly in an appropriate professional forum. A limited number of students are accepted into the Honors Program each year following a June 1 application deadline. Admission criteria include a 3.25 GPA, recommendation by the program director of the student’s major, and a letter of support from their faculty mentor. Students who successfully complete the program graduate with School Honors.
HRP-Hlth Related Prof - Honors Courses
HRP 101. Experience the Univ Transition. 3 Hours.
Structured introduction to the college experience for entering freshmen with health professions majors.
HRP 102. Experiencing the Health Professions. 2 Hours.
Exploration of health professions degree 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 401. Honors Seminar I. 1 Hour.
An overview of health care systems with current system-wide issues such as health care financing, reimbursement issues, security and privacy of health related information, and bioethics.
HRP 402. Honors Seminar II. 1 Hour.
A continuation of HPR 401 with an emphasis on health care leadership issues such as managing group dynamics, negotiating, conflict management, and decision making models.
HRP 410. Honor Project. 1-3 Hour.
Development and completion of a researchable project for presentation and publication under the direction of a faculty mentor. Two to four termsrequired for a minimum accumulation of 4 semester hours. Written research paper submitted and grades assigned upon completion of the 4 semester hours.
NTR-Nutrition Sciences Courses
NTR 220. Contemporary Issues in Nutrition. 3 Hours.
Contemporary Issues in Nutrition is designed for non-health professional majors and will be particularly beneficial to those in education, communications, and business fields of study.
NTR 222. Nutrition and Health. 3 Hours.
Introduction to principles of nutrition; essential nutrients and their relation to growth, maintenance, and optimal functioning of the body; dietary recommendations to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease.
NTR 225. Promoting Nutrition and Wellness for Healthy Communities. 3 Hours.
This course will introduce students to one of the most critical health issues in the US today ¿ poor nutrition, unhealthy life styles and their consequences including the epidemic of obesity. Students will learn about the diverse range of individuals impacted by this issue and will discover the range of prevention, education and support services that are offered. This course will cover the following aspects of unhealthy lifestyles/poor nutrition: history and systemic causes, education and prevention, including policy and advocacy. The course is also designed to present a multicultural perspective on the issues and students will be encouraged to engage in service-learning in the field, read literature, listen to speakers and interact with individuals representing a range of ages, genders, ethnicities and socioeconomic status.
NTR 232. Lifecycle Nutrition. 3 Hours.
Role of nutrition and dietary factors on the growth, development, and maintenance of health throughout the human life cycle. Nutritional guidelines/recommendations, special nutritional needs, physiology, and nutritional health concerns for each stage of the human lifecycle, from preconception through adulthood and aging.
NTR 320. Nutrition and the Consumer. 3 Hours.
Contemporary nutrition topics that affect consumers, such as dietary supplements, food additives, food safety, food, genetically modified organisms in foods & integrative medicine. Techniques to communicate nutrition information to consumers.
NTR 330. Nutrition and Metabolism. 3 Hours.
Metabolism and functions of nutrients after mixed meal intakes, including USDA MyPlate, low-carbohydrate or low-fat diets; biosynthesis of vitamins and co-factors and whole food sources; human requirements for energy, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins; food fortification; current human nutritional challenges and diseases.
NTR 420. Nutritional Genetics. 3 Hours.
How behavioral practices, environmental influences, and genetic makeup interact to influence individual preferences and responses to foods. Models to incorporate the interaction of these factors in developing potential strategies to prevent disease and achieve better nutritional health.