University of Alabama at Birmingham


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For over 40 years the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health (SOPH) has engaged in worldwide public health research, practice, and service. The UAB SOPH was founded to improve the health of the citizens of Birmingham, and expanded to serve the state, region, and the world. Anywhere that evidence-based public health is needed, our students, faculty, and staff are there to make a difference. And that drive – to make the world a healthier place for all – is at the heart of all we do.

Our students benefit from a cutting-edge curriculum focused on developing real world skills and gain access to numerous opportunities to work with faculty in their research, as well as local partners on the community health issues, they are passionate about. Whether students hope to learn about addressing environmental justice concerns in North Birmingham, to explore heightened stroke risk throughout the rural South, or how to combat HIV-related stigma and discrimination in developing countries, the UAB School of Public Health works directly with our students to connect them with their points of passion.

Our programs give students the knowledge, insight, and perspective needed to address complex public health problems in the U.S. and abroad. Students develop the critical scientific, technical, and leadership skills very much in demand by business, industry, academia, and the public sector.

Birmingham is a beautiful, diverse city in the midst of a cultural rebirth. In the past few years, Birmingham, Alabama has become widely recognized as a “foodie” city, with new restaurants and breweries opening what seems like every day. Birmingham and surrounding communities offer increasing opportunities for tech startups, hotels, food halls, music venues, and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the experiencing the many trails, parks, rivers and lake both on campus and within a few hours’ ride. The city is also home to a thriving art scene with concerts, symphonies, festivals, theatrical productions, and more, allowing for a rich cultural experience for students living in Birmingham.