Population health is an interdisciplinary field that integrates clinical care and public health practices to prevent, reduce, and manage human disease. Population health achieves these goals by using patient-centered approaches to understand the needs of a diverse clientele and by incorporating a value-based care system.

The changing landscape of health care will require intellectual investments in the future of health. Those interested in acquiring a degree in population health from The University of Alabama will benefit from a value-based culture that embraces diversity, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovative thinking. The Master of Science in population health sciences at UA is designed to suit the educational needs of professionals from diverse backgrounds:

  • Social and behavioral scientists interested in health outcomes research
  • Providers who would like additional training in the structure and delivery of health care in an evolving system
  • Hospital administrators and office managers looking to expand current roles and responsibilities in clinical settings
  • Anyone in the health care field interested in identifying best practices to adhere to value-based payment systems in an effort to increase reimbursement rates and improve health outcomes

Unique attributes of our program:

  • We offer convenient online classes and flexibility for students who wish to pursue a degree while working.
  • Our program is specifically designed to prepare graduates to succeed in a value-based healthcare system.
  • We have a diverse faculty with backgrounds in medicine, nursing, public health, psychology, business, exercise, health education, and health policy.
  • A variety of electives and two program focus areas allows tailoring of the program to your individual interests.
  • Our courses will provide hands-on training in classes that range from qualitative research methods to data mining

For more information, please visit https://cchs.ua.edu/population-health-masters/

This program will have a thesis and a non-thesis option. Candidates for the master's degree under the thesis option must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in coursework plus a minimum of 6 additional hours of thesis research hours and/or CHS 622 Dir Research Com Health, for a total of 30 hours.

Under the non-thesis option, candidates for the master's degree must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework credit and complete a culminating, or “capstone experience,” as part of the CHS course, Population Health Applications (non-thesis). This course is designed to give candidates an acquaintance with the methods of research and an appreciation of the place and function of original investigation in population health.

Both plans require a minimum of 18 semester hours of core course work presented in the table above. With the approval of the department, the remainder of the coursework may be completed in either the elective courses listed above or in a related field.

Population Health Sciences, MS

CORE Courses (18 hours)
CHS 524Essentials of Population Healt3
CHS 525Biostatistics3
CHS 520Basic Epidemiology3
CHS 527Health Policy & Planning3
CHS 510Health Economics3
CHS 650Health Outcomes Research3
Elective Courses (12 hours minimum)
Interprofessional Health Communication
Advanced Epidemiology
Multivar Meth Hlt Stats
Adv Multivariate Meth Biostat
Introduction to Health Systems
Thesis Option
CHS 622Dir Research Com Health3

Note: Our current faculty members have experience in these areas and already deliver similar curriculum through special topics courses within the School of Medicine. The courses covered in the newly-developed Population Health Sciences program will be covered without major reassignment of faculty duties or adjustments in faculty workloads. We already have the needed resources to ensure the success of this program.