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Master of Arts

The Department of Health Science offers the program in Health Studies leading to the Master of Arts degree. Graduates are trained to conduct needs assessments, develop intervention programs, and implement health promotion programs in a variety of settings. The master's degree program emphasizes programming relative to adolescent health, minority health, community health, work site, health promotion and disease prevention. The degree may be pursued under Plan I (thesis) or Plan II (nonthesis).


A student applying for admission to the master of arts in health studies graduate program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of coursework, or a GPA of 3.0 in a master's degree program is not required to submit standardized test scores.


Additional information is in the Admission Criteria section of this catalog.


The requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Health Studies follow the policies in the Graduate Catalog. The Graduate School's master's degree requirements for Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (nonthesis), and all other degree requirements are detailed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog. Students should confer with their department head for additional information.


Doctor of Philosophy

The doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree is also offered, specializing in health education and health promotion. Candidates are supervised under a mentoring model that matches students with program faculty in areas of their research interests within the field of health education and health promotion. The degree program is offered jointly by three programs located in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at The University of Alabama, the School of Public Health at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and the School of Education at UAB. Due to the nature of the program, it has special admission and program requirements. For information, please contact the chairperson of the Department of Health Science, Box 870311, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0311.


Admission requirements specific to the program and in addition to those of the Graduate School, College and department include the following:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 overall (on a 4.0 scale), or in the last 60 hours in a bachelor-level program.

  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination

  • A 3.25 grade point average in all graduate work

  • In addition, the following criteria will be considered:  (a) evidence of scholarship; (b) statement of career goals, and (c) recommendations from faculty or other health professionals capable of judging the applicant's ability to complete graduate work.

Students can be admitted to either the UA or UAB campus.  In either case, students must be approved for admission by a joint admission committee of the PhD program and the Graduate School  Candidates for admission must have completed a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution in health education or a health-related field. 


Early in the graduate program, each student confers with a faculty adviser or major professor to select courses, discuss when and by which method the doctoral residency requirement will be completed, discuss research interests, and so forth.  Then a Plan of Study is prepared and submitted to the Graduate School. 


The PhD Plan of Study is available at the Graduate School website.  All doctoral students must have a completed Plan of Study approved by the Graduate School no later than the semester during which the student will complete 30 semester hours of UA and/or transfer credit for the doctoral degree; otherwise, a "hold" may be placed on future registration. 

If later there are changes in the Plan of Study, the student simply submits an amended Plan to the Graduate School at the time that the form for Admission to Candidacy for Doctoral Degree is submitted.  A department-approved Admission to Candidacy for the Doctoral Degree is submitted to the Graduate School as soon as possible after passing the comprehensive (preliminary) examination. 


Doctoral students have a time limit of 7 years (21 fall, spring, and summer semesters) from the time of program admission.  All Graduate School degree requirements (including details on Plan of Study and Admission to Candidacy) are listed in Section 4.11.3 of this catalog.



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