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Location: Birmingham, AL

University of Alabama - Birmingham / School of Public Health / Department of Epidemiology


Chair, Department of Epidemiology

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Posted: 3/27/2017
EpiMonitor ID: 2017-2303

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The Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chair, Department of Epidemiology.

The Department of Epidemiology has 24 faculty members, approximately 100 Masters students, and 30 doctoral students. The Department offers the Masters of Public Health (MPH), Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) (including tracks in applied epidemiology, clinical and translational science, pharmacoepidemiology and comparative effectiveness research) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. The Department encompasses research and educational foci in epidemiology, the distribution and determinants of disease in humans, with particular emphasis on cardiovascular diseases and stroke, cancer, occupational and environmental epidemiology, communicable diseases, and population genetics. More information about the Department is available at

The UAB School of Public Health is one of the 6 professional schools on campus (dentistry, health professions, nursing, medicine, and optometry) and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Our mission is to create, disseminate, and apply scientific knowledge to improve public health and wellbeing in Alabama and beyond by nurturing a diverse community of outstanding scholars. Founded in 1987 the School has grown to over 80 faculty and 500 students with a research portfolio ranked 5th in NIH funding to public schools of public health. We offer masters and doctoral programs in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Health Behavior, and Health Care Organization and Policy. In 2014 the School launched its undergraduate major with three tracks (global health, environmental health, and preparedness); more than 150 students are currently enrolled in this major. The School houses two federally endowed centers (Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and the Sparkman Center for Global Health), a CDC-funded Prevention Research Center (Center for the Study of Community Health), and a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety). More information about the School is available at: .

UAB is a comprehensive urban university with a nationally recognized academic health center. It is the only public, four year degree granting university in the state's largest metropolitan area. UAB is the largest research institution in Alabama and is the state's largest employer. UAB is among 51 public and private universities classified by The Carnegie Foundation for both “very high research activity” and “community engagement”.

UAB is a dynamic research university with over 17,500 students including nearly 6,000 graduate students enrolled in 10 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. UAB ranks among the top universities receiving NIH funding and 10th among public universities. The University has 23 university-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers ( and is nationally recognized for its high quality medical center and research training programs in the health sciences.

Position Description:
Reporting to the Dean, the Department Chair position requires administration, teaching, mentoring, service, and research/scholarship responsibilities. The incumbent must be able to provide academic and administrative leadership to the Department, guide curriculum development, coordinate faculty recruitment and advancement, teach courses, be actively involved in extramurally funded research, provide and facilitate service/outreach to the public health community, serve on committees, and participate in official activities at the School and University. The position is a 12month, tenured appointment. The salary will be competitive and based on qualifications and experience and a startup package to be negotiated based on further assessment and need.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned Doctorate in Epidemiology or a closely related terminal degree
  • Recognized national expertise in a relevant field of inquiry in order to build upon the strength of current research programs in the department, the school, and the university
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership, teaching, academic program development, research, and service that is consistent with the School's vision and mission
  • Proven record for securing extramural funding
  • Demonstrated commitment to service within a university, the profession, and community
  • Administrative experience which demonstrates the ability to contribute to a positive work
  • environment in the School and University.

A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and documentation including the names affiliations, telephone numbers, and email addresses of professional references. Only complete applications submitted electronically to will be considered.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

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