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Director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Preparedness Leadership
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Date Posted Jun. 7, 2022
Title Director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Preparedness Leadership
University University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL, United States
Department School of Public Health
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Public Health/Management/Administration
    Public Health/Biostatistics/Epidemiology

Executive Doctoral Program in Public Health Preparedness Leadership (DrPH)

Director Position Description

The School of Public Health (SOPH), Department of Health Policy and Organization (HPO) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites highly qualified applications for a faculty position as Director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Preparedness Leadership. The Director will provide visionary leadership in the development, implementation, and administration of this exciting new doctoral program in the SOPH. The executive DrPH program will operate independently and in coordination with two existing full-time DrPH programs in the Department of Health Policy and Organization and the Department of Biostatistics. Applicants for the position should hold a doctoral degree in a field relevant to public health preparedness including, but not limited to, public health management, environmental health sciences, epidemiology and medicine.

The ideal candidate will possess the leadership attributes necessary to develop and manage an innovative executive DrPH program which draws on the strengths of the existing doctoral programs but is tailored to a distinct student population. Prior leadership experience in the administration of educational programs is preferred but not required. The Director will have a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Organization. Tenure status and rank will be dependent upon experience. In addition to the administrative duties related to the DrPH program, the Director will have faculty responsibilities related to education, research/scholarly practice, and service.

The School of Public Health (SOPH)

Founded in 1978, the UAB SOPH has grown to more than 85 full-time faculty and 1100 undergraduate and graduate students across five departments: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Behavior, and Health Policy and Organization. Programs include online and in-person instruction. In 2019, the SOPH had more than $37 million in research funding and has been ranked in the top 20 NIH-funded Schools of Public Health for the last 10 years. Diversity is one of the SOPH’s values and strengths, with 45% of students identifying as a member of an underrepresented racial/ethnic group and 16% identifying as a first-generation college student. In 2020, the UAB SOPH received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB research grants and awards exceeded $602 million in FY19, with the university ranking 8th in NIH funding among all public universities. Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. In 2021, UAB was named America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer by Forbes, topping the list of more than 500 public and private corporations, hospitals, universities, Fortune 500 companies and more, across dozens of industries. Located in the heart of Birmingham, UAB has transformed the city into a nexus of

medicine, business, research, and development with a thriving arts and cultural scene, and a vibrant campus that channels all the energies and opportunities of its metropolitan home.

Required Application Documents

Application review will begin May 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applications may be submitted online at Applications should include a cover letter outlining interest and qualifications (including research and teaching), a CV, Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) statement, vision/leadership statement, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without permission of applicants, and formal letters of reference will be requested for finalists only. Questions may be directed to Dr. David Becker, Chair of the Search Committee (

EEO Statement

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (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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