Health Behavior Degree Programs

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program)

The Fast Track Master of Public Health (5th Year Program) provides an exceptional educational experience to undergraduate students. It is our goal to educate high quality graduates who will excel not only in traditional didactic training but also in skills that are gained through problem solving, hypothesis testing, technical skills development, data analysis, data interpretation, and professional writing. This University-wide program will allow students to receive exceptional training in Public Health from our trained faculty.

Course of Study

Undergraduate students will complete the core requirements prior to their undergraduate degree. Upon graduation, students will complete their departmental requirements, electives, PUH 697: Internship, and PUH 695: Public Health Integrative Experience. 

Junior Year:

Fall: Core Class (BST 601ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online, ENH 600HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
Senior Year:
Fall: Core Class (BST 601,ENH 600 onlineHCO 600EPI 600) or EPI 610
Spring: Core Class (BST 601 online,ENH 600HB 600HCO 600 online)
Summer: Core Class Online (ENH 600EPI 600HB 600HCO 600)
5th Year Graduate School
Fall: Departmental Courses: 12 hours
Spring: Departmental Courses: 12 hours 
Summer: Internship: 3 hours and PUH 695: 1 Hour

 


Departmental MPH Core Courses

Students may be required to register for their department core courses. Students should speak with their program coordinator before registering.

  • BST Students - BST 621 and BST 622, Statistical Methods
  • ENH Students - ENH 611, Environmental & Occupational Exposure Assessment
  • EPI Students - EPI 610, Principles of Epidemiologic Research
  • HB Students - HB 624, Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science

 


Admissions

The Process

  • Students must have a minimum of 60 hours and a maximum of 90 hours.
  • Applications are completed through the Graduate School's Apply Yourself application portal.
  • Individual departments will review the completed application and interview the applicant. 
  • Admission decisions are determined by the departments.

If you have questions regarding the Fast Track MPH Program, please contact Angela Sullivan at 934-4993 or at amsulli@uab.edu.

 

Please note: We do not offer the Fast Track MPH program in the Department of Biostatistics.

 

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the Fast Track Program, a student typically must have:

  • A 3.25 GPA.
  • Between 60 and 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • GRE - Verbal: 147, Quantitative: 150, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing. 
  • Completed admission application through the UAB Graduate School website.
  • An official copy of current UAB undergraduate transcript.
  • Three letters of recommendation: one from the current academic advisor and the remaining two from current or previous college course instructors. Electronic submission is preferred; however, referees can mail a letter in a sealed envelope.
  • An interview with the Departmental Program Director (at the discretion of the department).
  • A career statement describing their interests and goals and a one-page academic resume of academic activities including awards and community service.

If you receive financial aid assistance or scholarships, please speak with the UAB Financial Aid Office at 934-8223 prior to submitting an application to discuss financial coverage of graduate coursework.

Interested students can apply by going to the UAB Graduate School website and clicking on the Apply to Graduate School Online link. The Program that you are applying to is Public Health Fast Track (MPH). Please include your department of interest in the application essay section.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at (205) 934-4993 or email Angela Sullivan, Admissions Coordinator, at amsulli@uab.edu.

Master of Public Health in Health Behavior

Master of Public Health in Health Behavior (also HB Fast Track)

Program Description:  The MPH degree in Health Behavior addresses the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities.  Students in our program are able to apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems, develop evidence-based health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs, and apply principles of evaluating health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs.  We emphasize the importance of community based participatory research and the application findings through a variety of behavioral and social science health promotion strategies.  Classes are designed to be engaging, interactive, and relevant to current health behavior issues.  Graduates of our health behavior program are well positioned for opportunities in local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit/community based organizations, private research foundations, as well as the academic setting.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

Curriculum:  In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 12 hours of health behavior track courses, 12 hours of electives, and a 3 hour internship.

Online Master of Public Health in Health Behavior

Online Master of Public Health in Health Behavior (HBQ)

Program Description: The online MPH degree in Health Behavior is designed specifically for those who are interested in addressing the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities, but are not able to participate in a traditional classroom setting. Online classes are designed to be engaging, interactive, and relevant to current health behavior issues. Students in our program are able to apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems, develop evidence-based health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs, and apply principles of evaluating health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs. We emphasize the importance of community based participatory research and the application findings through a variety of behavioral and social science health promotion strategies. Graduates of our health behavior program are well positioned for opportunities in local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit/community based organizations, private research foundations, as well as the academic setting.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.


Admission: Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.


Curriculum: In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 12 hours of health behavior track courses, 12 hours of electives, and a 3 hour internship.

Master of Science in Public Health Clinical Research

Master of Science in Public Health Clinical Research (CRHB)

Program Description

In response to interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

This program is a post-medical or other health science degree training program, aimed primarily at fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research.  It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the enrollee is trained, and senior mentoring in the  public health clinical research.  A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects. The program consists of a core set of courses common to all students, plus research elective and departmental focus courses that reflect the academic interest of the student. The minimum amount of time that the program can be competed is four semesters. Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Demonstrate expertise in area of specialization.
  • Develop a health behavior intervention and revise if necessary.
  • Conduct health behavior research under the guidance of health behavior mentor
  • Write a health behavior study manuscript reporting appropriate research principles and methods in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Present health behavior study findings to health behavior mentor and faculty in a public forum

     

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.  They should  possess a medical or other health science professional degree.  They may be in their final years of training as residents or fellows or hold positions as junior faculty members. The applicant must produce three letters of reference and a letter stating that he/she will be guaranteed sufficient release time from clinical duties to be able to attend classes regularly and fulfill course requirements in a timely manner.  A medical/health sciences mentor should be identified and a setting where the student can gain experience in conducting clinical research. A faculty member within the School of Public Health will be assigned as an advisor based on the stated interests of the applicant. 

Curriculum:    The MSPH in Clinical Research consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours.  Of these, 15 hours are required core courses, including 9 hours of specific Biostatistics courses and 6 hours of specific Epidemiology courses.  Students then select at least 6 credit hours from a list of approved Masters Research Electives, complete 12 hours of focus specific electives in Health Behavior, and take at least 9 hours of  Masters Directed Research to fulfill the MSPH requirement for conducting a research project.

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Health Promotion

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Health Promotion (HEP)

Program Description:  The PhD program in health education/promotion provides students with instruction and research experience to become scientists and practitioners in health education and health promotion. The program combines the resources of academic units from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, UAB School of Education, Department of Human Studies), and the University of Alabama (UA) College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science.

Health Behavior doctoral students learn to use theories and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to develop programs that encourage healthy behaviors.  They learn state-of-the-art techniques and methods for research and program evaluation. Students study these topics in depth as they apply their knowledge and skills to conducting research and writing proposals and manuscripts.  They have opportunities to become involved in faculty research projects on a broad range of health issues such as behavioral interventions, family and adolescent health issues, obesity prevention, prevention and control of addictive behaviors, sexual health risks including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, community based health promotion, health communication, program evaluation, and translation of research findings.

Graduates of our doctoral program often go on to research and service careers in academic settings or public agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our doctoral-level training in the social and behavioral sciences places a heavy emphasis on research training and application, with faculty involving PhD students in their research. Another vital part of our department’s doctoral level training is one-on-one research mentoring with our students to foster their development through activities such as participation in manuscript and proposal writing. We aim to prepare our students as social and behavioral scientists who will conduct rigorous public health research and application of findings. 

The Department of Health Behavior PhD competencies are to enable the students to:

  • Analyze the individual and social influences on health behavior with the aim of developing, evaluating, and implementing solutions to health behavior problems
  • Evaluate theoretical models of health and health behavior considering societal, structural, community, and organizational influences.
  • Design community-based health behavior intervention programs.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of literature and identify gaps.
  • Develop a health behavior dissertation research proposal with detailed plan for conducting the study and performing the analyses.
  • Conduct dissertation research from design through analysis and interpretation.
  • Effectively communicate results in an oral presentation and manuscript appropriate for degree.

Admission:  Applicants should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health

Curriculum:  The PhD program requires completion of a minimum of 73 hours of graduate credit, satisfactory performance on the qualifying exam, and completion of a doctoral dissertation.  All PhD students must meet the graduation requirements of their department and the UAB Graduate School.

Directed Research   

Students are required to complete at least twelve directed research credit hours.  The goals are to provide experience in planning, conducting, and reporting behavioral science  research under the mentoring of a faculty member or a researcher employed by an agency such as the CDC, NIH, or  health department;  to provide opportunities to develop manuscripts for publication, conference paper presentations, grant submissions or other “research products”; and  to help prepare for dissertation work.

Qualifying Exam  

Doctoral students are required to take a qualifying examination before proposing a dissertation.

Doctoral Dissertation

The doctoral dissertation requirement provides students with a comprehensive and original research experience. Students conducting dissertation research must complete of a minimum of 12 dissertation credit hours.  Students complete credits for the dissertation after completing coursework, passing qualifying exam, and being admitted to candidacy.  Students must be enrolled for a minimum of two semesters of dissertation research after they successfully propose in order to graduate; including the semester they graduate.

(MSN/MPH) Master of Sciences in Nursing / Master of Public Health in Health Behavior

Program Description

The coordinated MPH in Health Behavior/MSN degree is designed to address health behavior content and methods needed by advanced practice nurses.  This program of study prepares graduates to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies. Graduates may assume a variety of positions in nursing, health behavior, and/or a combination of the two, including leadership roles. This dual degree program builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the HB program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.

 

Admissions

 

Students are admitted separately to the MPH and MSN degree programs and must meet admission requirements in both the School of Public Health and the School of Nursing.


Curriculum:

Students must complete a minimum of 44 semester hours of credit for the MPH degree, which includes six credit hours of required Nursing course work. Seventeen credits in the School of Public Health meet the requirements for core courses in the Master of Public Health program and provide a strong knowledge base in epidemiology, biostatistics, health behavior, environmental health sciences and health care organization and policy.  Twenty-seven to thirty additional credits (18 Health Behavior credit hours, 3-6 SOPH requirements credit hours and 6 Nursing credit hours) meet the requirements for the Health Behavior track in the School of Public Health. The coordinated MPH/MSN degrees can be completed in two years or six consecutive terms if the student registers for full-time study beginning in the fall term.  If a coordinated degree student drops out of the MSN program, he/she must apply for transfer to the MPH Health Behavior track and follow the requirements for that program.

* See the School of Nursing Catalog for the requirements for the MSN portion of the dual MPH/MSN degree. 

(PHD/MPH) Coordinated PhD in Psychology or Sociology and MPH Program

Program Description:

This dual degree program is offered in cooperation with the UAB Departments of Psychology and Sociology; and the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) Department of Psychology.  This program enables students to obtain an MPH degree in Health Behavior simultaneously with a PhD in Psychology or Sociology.   This program of study prepares graduates to participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative health promotion and disease prevention programs and policies.  This dual degree program builds on the synergy generated through two complementary curriculum tracks.

Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the HB program:

  • Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.
  • Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.
  • Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.

 

Admissions

 

Applicants to this program must first be admitted to the PhD program of interest.  They should have a strong academic record and meet the minimum requirements for admission to the School of Public Health.

 

Curriculum

 

The MPH degree requires a minimum of 42-46 credit hours depending on the PhD concentration. Because this is a coordinated dual degree track, graduation from the MPH program is contingent on completion of all requirements for graduation from the PhD program. If a coordinated degree student drops out of the PhD program, he/she must apply for transfer to the MPH Health Behavior track and follow the requirements for that program.

Health Behavior Courses and Descriptions

Health Behavior Courses (HB)

HB 600. Social and Behavioral Science Core. This Masters level course fulfills the social and behavioral sciences core requirement for MPH students.  It is designed to provide an overview of the social and behavioral sciences in public health to non-Health Behavior masters’ level students in UAB’s School of Public Health.  Social and behavioral science theories and strategies in public health will be discussed in relation to preventing disease and promoting health over the life course.  The course is comprised of two major sections: (1) overview of fundamentals of social and behavioral sciences in public health and (2) social and behavioral science research and strategies and application of social and behavioral sciences in public health practice and policy.  This course is intended to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing people’s health and well-being from a social and behavioral science perspective.  Theoretical frameworks that draw on major health behavior theories will provide a better understanding of how individuals, families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and the larger community influence risk and protective factors.  Ethical considerations intrinsic to social and behavioral science efforts designed to produce health-related behavior change will be discussed.  The course will promote intellectual and collaborative learning through course lectures, readings, class discussions, and individual and group work.  Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Lanzi)

HB 600Q. Social and Behavioral Science Core (On-line). This Masters level course fulfills the social and behavioral sciences core requirement for MPH students.  It is designed to provide an overview of the social and behavioral sciences in public health to non-Health Behavior masters’ level students in UAB’s School of Public Health.  Social and behavioral science theories and strategies in public health will be discussed in relation to preventing disease and promoting health over the life course.  The course is comprised of two major sections: (1) overview of fundamentals of social and behavioral sciences in public health and (2) social and behavioral science research and strategies and application of social and behavioral sciences in public health practice and policy.  This course is intended to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing people’s health and well-being from a social and behavioral science perspective.  Theoretical frameworks that draw on major health behavior theories will provide a better understanding of how individuals, families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and the larger community influence risk and protective factors.  Ethical considerations intrinsic to social and behavioral science efforts designed to produce health-related behavior change will be discussed.  .  The course will promote intellectual and collaborative learning through course lectures, readings, class discussions, and individual and group work. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Lanzi)

HB 602. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. History and theory of human substance use and abuse.  Empirical foundations of alcohol and drug abuse, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Hendricks)

HB 605. Physical Activity and Health. This seminar course is an introduction to research and practice related to physical activity promotion from a public health perspective and will describe health benefits, epidemiological data, national recommendations and plans, and global initiatives related to physical activity. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Pekmezi)

HB 624. Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science. Advanced review of selected behavioral science concepts and theories useful for developing health promotion programs; social cognitive theory and the transtheoretical model of change are examined in depth.  This course may be required for some MPH students. Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours.  (Pekmezi)

HB 624Q. Advanced Theory and Practice in Behavioral Science (Online).  Advanced review of selected behavioral science concepts and theories useful for developing health promotion programs; social cognitive theory and the transtheoretical model of change are examined in depth.  This course may be required for some MPH students. Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours.  (Pekmezi)

HB 627. GIS for Public Health.    This is an introductory course covering the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. Through this course, students will develop basic GIS skills, including GIS operations such as buffering, geocoding, layering, and spatial queries. Students will learn how to use those operations to both describe and propose solutions for public health challenges. The course will address introductory cartography and basic statistical aspects of spatial analysis. Learning will occur through lab exercises, case studies and homework exercises. The course will consist of one hour-long lecture/discussion and two hours of supervised lab/lecture each week.  Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours (Creger)

HB 635Communities, Families and Health. This course is designed for graduate students in public health and related fields interested in working with families and communities to improve health outcomes.  It is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of the structural and psychosocial factors related to health and well-being.  To do so, the course will focus on theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective and examine how factors associated with families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities influence health.  Emphasis will also be placed on the relevance of individual and community assets for the science of Health Behavior and the broader public health arena.  Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Davies)

HB 636. Intervention Development.  This course is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the range and diversity of intervention approaches to behavior change and their application in public health. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for designing interventions: a) in various public health settings, b) for specific population subgroups, c) based on determinants identified to be most influential and amenable to intervention, and d) within the confines of available resources. Students will also apply previously acquired research methods skills to design targeted interventions that are salient to needs of particular audiences, including formative research, theory selection, process evaluation, implementation tracking and outcome evaluation. This course uses lecture and seminar format.  Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisite HB 624.  3 hours (Davies)

HB 636Q. Intervention Development (Online).  This course is intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the range and diversity of intervention approaches to behavior change and their application in public health. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for designing interventions: a) in various public health settings, b) for specific population subgroups, c) based on determinants identified to be most influential and amenable to intervention, and d) within the confines of available resources. Students will also apply previously acquired research methods skills to design targeted interventions that are salient to needs of particular audiences, including formative research, theory selection, process evaluation, implementation tracking and outcome evaluation. This course uses lecture and seminar format.  Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisite HB 624.  3 hours (Davies)

HB 638Q. Public Health Promotion and Aging Seminar (Online). Exploration of current problems of the elderly, introduction to broad principles of health promotion for the elderly and review model health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Department)

HB 641. Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences. Review of research methodology in behavioral sciences.  Topic include: formulating research questions, knowledge and causality, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, reliability and validity, reporting findings and grant writing. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Andreae/Fontaine).

HB 641. Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences (Online).   Review of research methodology in behavioral sciences.  Topic include: formulating research questions, knowledge and causality, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, reliability and validity, reporting findings and grant writing. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Andreae/Fontaine).

HB 643. Health Program Evaluation.  Principles and procedures to evaluate health promotion/disease prevention programs: data collection methods, instrument-scale development, measurement, evaluation designs and analysis of case studies of disease prevention literature on evaluation. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 641. 3 hours. (Department)

HB 643Q. Health Program Evaluation (Online).  Principles and procedures to evaluate health promotion/disease prevention programs: data collection methods, instrument-scale development, measurement, evaluation designs and analysis of case studies of disease prevention literature on evaluation. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 641. 3 hours. (Department)

HB 660. Adolescent Health: A Social and Behavioral Perspective. This Masters level course provides an overview of critical health issues in adolescence and reviews the potential of emerging perspectives to advance adolescent health and promote positive youth development.  This course is designed to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing the health and well-being of adolescents.  Theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective will provide a better understanding of how families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and the larger community influence risk and protective factors in youth.  Adolescence is a time of growth and experimentation, a period marked by establishing autonomy and confronting new challenges.  Emphasis will be placed on the promotion of positive youth development, and the relevance of adolescent health issues for the science of health behavior and the broader public health arena.  The course will promote intellectual and collaborative contributions of students through class discussions, activities, and presentations. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Lanzi)

HB 692. Principles and Practices of Community Organization. Seminar designed as an integrative experience for persons working with community groups.  The focus is on learning to use available resources and advocating change to maximize community involvement.  Students will complete a community-based project, applying community theories, asset mapping, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and other approaches. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Department)

HB 695. Seminar on Selected Health Behavior Topics. Seminar covering a variety of health behavior topics.  Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 3 hours.

HB 697. Internship. Field experience under joint direction of appropriate faculty member and qualified health education specialist. Written report specifying activities, products, and outcomes of experience submitted upon completion of internship. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 3 hours.

HB 698. Master's Directed Research. Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Includes activities such as literature review and evaluation. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours.

HB 699. Master's Project Research. Research for project under direction of research project committee. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 3-6 hours.

HB 701. Theory-Based Measurement Development. The aim of this course is to introduce students to measurement development based on well-specified behavioral theories.  This course will review and discuss key issues related to measurement development such as item/scale development, number of factors to retain rotation options and statistical programs. Prerequisite: Requires knowledge of elementary probability and statistics for non-statistics majors and BST 611.  Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Hendricks)

HB 703:  Writing for the Behavioral Sciences.  The aim of this course is to develop and fine-tune science writing proficiency.  In this course, students will read and critique essays and articles about science, medicine and public health. Students will also complete numerous writing assignments and participate in peer review. (Fontaine)

HB 706. Energetics: Scientific Foundations of Obesity and Other Health Aspects.  The aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental principles of energetics and the causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity. The course will review the causes and consequences of obesity from an interdisciplinary scientific perspective including, but not limited to, physiology, sociology, and psychology. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Pavela)

HB 724. Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory for Doctoral Candidates. This course focuses on a thorough examination of theories and models of behavior change and their applications in both research and implementation in various fields of health promotion and public health. Basic knowledge of research methodology and statistics is required. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Pekmezi)

HB 730. Health Communication Research. This course is designed to investigate the role of communication theories and research methods in promoting public health and preventing disease.  Theoretical background in communication and behavioral science, research methods appropriate for mass media campaigns and practical communication/intervention development methods will be addressed. Course will be graded by letter.  3 hours

HB 736. Advanced Research Intervention Design. The aim of this course is to teach doctoral students how to develop, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of rigorous, theory-based, consumer driven behavioral interventions. In this course, students will learn and apply a variety of evidence-based methods and strategies for developing targeted behavioral interventions to meet the needs of specific audiences. In addition to the textbook, students will read and critique a number of scientific articles of interventions that vary widely by content area, outcome targets, settings and populations. Students will complete writing assignments and develop a comprehensive research intervention development, implementation, and evaluation plan.  3 hours (Davies)

HB 740. Advanced Program Evaluation. Advanced review of evaluation theories, approaches, and methods for assessing the plans, implementation, and effectiveness of health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 643 or other master's level evaluation course and a graduate level multiple regression or multivariate statistics course. 3 hours. (Department)

HB 741. Clinical Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences.   This course provides an overview of the major research methods and designs used in public health. Emphasis is given to the experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational designs as well as to methods of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data generated from randomized trials. Other topics include evaluating published research, writing research proposals and reports, and the ethical obligations of researchers. 3 hours (Pavela)

HB 742. Mediation & Moderation in Behavioral Science Research.  This course is an elective course for doctoral students in public health and related fields, designed to provide an exposure to statistical mediation and moderation. Mediation and moderation are central in social and behavioral science research.  Mediation explains and tests the underlying mechanisms by which the predictor variable affects the outcome variable, while moderation specifies under what conditions the predictor affects the outcome. Statistical techniques investigating mediation and moderation are among the most widely used data analysis techniques in a variety of disciplines.  The primary goal of this course is to provide students with theoretical concepts of mediation and moderation and hands-on experience with relevant analytical techniques.   Prerequisite: Students should have taken courses on multiple regression such as BST 611, BST or other equivalent courses.  Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours. (Pavela)

HB 760. Planning and Administration of Health Education and Promotion Programs. The purpose of this course is to teach students to effectively design, implement, and manage health promotion programs using the PRECEDE-PROCEED framework and other planning models. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours (Paschal)

HB 770. Doctoral Studies Seminar.   This seminar is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals.  Course will be graded by letter.  1 hour (Lanzi)

HB 773. Doctoral Studies Seminar III.  This course is the third of a series of three 1-hour Doctoral Seminar classes.  This seminar series is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals.   Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisites HB: 771 & 772. 1 hour (Lanzi)

HB 798. Doctoral Directed Research. Independent study with guidance of senior public health faculty. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours.

HB 799. Dissertation Research. Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee.  Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite:  Students must be admitted to candidacy in order to register for this class.1 - 9 hours

 

UAB has many degree programs (both on-campus and online) that can lead to professional licensure or certification (PLC).  Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization.  UAB is working to develop an online, publically-accessible database, to assist in providing this state-by-state information.  In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact the UAB State Authorization office at stateauth@uab.edu or call Dr. Lisa Reburn (205) 934-3258.