University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Institutional Training Programs

AHRQ funds 18 institutions which recruit and train predoctoral and/or postdoctoral health services researchers. Details on characteristics of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) program and its self-identified areas of research interest are described.

Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, and Lister Hill Center for Health Policy


Kenneth Saag,  M.D.,M.Sc., Program Director
Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
The Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
UAB School of Medicine
1720 2nd Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0113


Content Areas

  • Healthcare Efficiency and Disparities.
  • Healthcare Quality Measurement and Improvement.
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research.
  • Pharmacoepidemiology and Patient Safety.
  • Translating Research Evidence into Practice and Policy.
  • Economic Evaluation and Decision Analytic Modeling.
  • Health Informatics.

Program Description

The overall goal of the program is to prepare independent investigators to pursue health services, outcomes and  effectiveness research careers focused on translating research evidence into practice. Among the research areas targeted for development are: reducing healthcare disparities, improving quality of care, and comparing the effectiveness and safety of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options.  Skills development will include exposure to relevant epidemiological, statistical, experimental, and quasi-experimental methodologies, analysis of large data sets, health outcomes assessment, and economic evaluation, all with an emphasis on the practical application of outcomes research methodology in translating research into practice.

Research training for this program involves a collaboration between the UAB Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education and the UAB Lister Hill Center for Health Policy, offering a core of experienced mentors with extensive expertise and funding track records in health services, outcomes and effectiveness research. The academic components of the program involve the M.S.P.H. tracks in Outcomes Research and Pharmacoepidemiology/CER from the UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Care Organization and Policy for clinician-postdoctoral trainees, and the Ph.D. in Health Services Administration-Health Services Research Track, the Dr.PH. in Health Care Organization and Policy, the Ph.D. in Epidemiology, and the Ph.D. in Medical Sociology. Postdoctoral training will require a 2-year commitment. Predoctoral training will require a 3-year commitment. Each trainee will be expected to identify a major research focus, design and complete a research project relevant to health services, outcomes and effectiveness research and submit the results for peer-reviewed dissemination.

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Page last reviewed July 2013
Page originally created June 2011
Internet Citation: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Content last reviewed July 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.