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UAB students win public health scholar bowl in St. Louis

Congratulations to our UAB School of Public Health undergraduate students, who finished first place in the quiz bowl competition, at the St. Louis University Public Health Scholar Bowl! The undergraduates answered questions on everything from disease outbreaks to community health as they competed against 13 teams from across the country.

Sen investigates association between NPs and patient satisfaction

This study considered the implications of assigning in-office Medicare Advantage (MA) plan NPs in Primary Care Physician (PCP) practices that were affiliated with the MA plan. Specifically, this was a baseline study that explored whether the presence of an NP in the PCP practice was associated with improved satisfaction of members of the MA plan with their PCP, and whether member satisfaction with their PCP was associated with satisfaction with the MA plan,” reports Bisakha Sen, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy.

Turan attends White House Meeting on HIV Stigma

Janet M. Turan, PhD, MPH, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, was an invited participant in the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma to discuss “Translating Research into Action: Reducing HIV Stigma to Optimize HIV Outcomes,” held on March 3-4, 2016.


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Hidalgo and fellow researchers analyze fenofibrate response statistics in GOLDN

“Cost-effective identification of novel pharmacogenetic variants remains a pressing need in the field,” according to Bertha Hidalgo, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Hidalgo and her team—analyzed statistics from a sample of 173 families to detect genomic regions of importance to fenofibrate response.

Johnson moves through the ‘intersection of everything’

Cheryl Johnson sums up a laundry list of her responsibilities in the School of Public Health succinctly: “My job is to keep the train on the track.”

As director of Student and Academic Services in the School of Public Health, Johnson is tasked with undergraduate and graduate student admissions and retention, plus strategic planning, finance, policy, internships, oversight, domestic project administration and more.

Dr. Judith Goldberg Receives Janet L. Norwood Award for Outstanding Achievement in Statistical Sciences

Judith Goldberg, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics at NYU Langone Medical Center in the Department of Population Health, has been honored with the Janet L. Norwood Award. The award is presented annually by the School of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham to an internationally recognized woman statistician for outstanding achievement in the statistical sciences.


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Jolly and international team analyze strategies for reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases in Western Jamaica

“Outbreaks of vector-borne diseases—such as dengue and malaria—can overwhelm health systems in resource-poor countries. Environmental management strategies that reduce or eliminate vector breeding sites, combined with improved personal prevention strategies, can help to significantly reduce transmission of these infections,” says Pauline E. Jolly, PhD, MPH, professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

Tajeu and colleagues explore influence of non-physician staff on patients’ perceptions of discrimination and satisfaction

Gabriel S. Tajeu, DrPH, MPH, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology—in collaboration with other colleagues—has assessed perceived discrimination as well as patient satisfaction in dealings with non-physician health care staff (i.e., front desk staff).

Aissani and colleagues evaluate GWAS candidate loci for risk and growth of uterine fibroids in NIEHS-UFS

Brahim Aissani, PhD, research assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology recently assessed the association of 56 candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) identified in two published genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of uterine leiomyoma (UL), or fibroids—with other colleagues.


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Dhurandhar honored as UAB Outstanding Woman in the student category

Emily Dhurandhar, PhD, postdoctoral trainee at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), is the winner of the 2014 Outstanding Woman UAB Student Award in recognition of her exceptional contributions.

Hendricks investigates expectancies for smoking cessation and motivation to quit smoking among drug-involved smokers

Drug-involved smokers may be less motivated to quit smoking because they expect smoking cessation to result in negative outcomes, such as increased drug use.



Karen B. Fowler honored with 2015 SOPH Alumni Award for Scientific Excellence

Karen B. Fowler, DrPH, professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, is the recipient of the 2015 UAB School of Public Health Alumni Award for Scientific Excellence, in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of public health through exemplary professional commitment and leadership.

Asking the questions others aren’t — UAB School of Public Health planning to maintain success

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health has outlined five key areas of focus to guide the school into the next five years: education; research and discovery; living, learning and working environment; resource development; and community.

The only accredited school of public health in Alabama, the UAB SOPH is also ranked No. 19 among graduate degree programs of public health in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.

Mennemeyer and fellow investigators study impact of HITECH Act on adoption of electronic health records

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act—passed in 2009 to “promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology”—distributes billions in incentives to physicians to encourage implementation of certified electronic health records (EHRs) through its meaningful use (MU) program, with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare outcomes. In a recent study, Stephen T. Mennemeyer, MA, PhD, professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, examined to what extent the MU program has impacted the adoption of EHR.


If you are considering a public health degree, please attend the UAB School of Public Health Information Session. Take a tour, meet the Deans, explore the different departments and programs, interact with faculty, staff and current students.

You will learn about:

- Student Organizations - Global Health Certificate
- Financial Aid Options - The SOPH Curriculum
- Scholarships - Dual Degree Programs
- Research Opportunities - Internship Opportunities






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