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-- Select the Page to Return to --UAB Graduate CatalogThe online Graduate Catalog always reflects the most recentrequirements and information pertaining to UAB's graduate programs.Previous years' catalogs are housed in the UAB libraries.Catalog: FrontCatalog: GeneralCatalog: ProgramsGraduate FacultyCatalog: Graduate Programs at UABProgram descriptions from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogGeneral InformationUAB, Birmingham, The Graduate School, Application and Admission, General AcademicRequirements, Requirements for the Master's Degree, Requirements for the Doctoral Degree,Facilities and Services, Financial Information, moreUAB PoliciesUniversity and Graduate School PoliciesGraduate School Dates and DeadlinesUniversity CalendarsCreated by UAB Web Communications. 1998, University of Alabama at Birmingham. All rights reserved. DisclaimerAbout this site.UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki 2414012/28/2004

Catalog: Graduate Programs at UAB-- Select the Page to Return to --Catalog: Graduate Programs at UABThe online Graduate Catalog always reflects the most recentrequirements and information pertaining to UAB's graduate programs.Previous years' catalogs are housed in the UAB libraries.AAccounting (M.Ac.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogAdministration—Health Services (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogAnthropology (M.A.*)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogArt History (M.A.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogBBiochemistry and Molecular Genetics (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogBiology (Ph.D., M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogBiostatistics (Ph.D., M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogBreast Cancer Training ProgramProgram Description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogBusiness Administration (M.B.A.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogCCell Biology (Ph.D.)UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006Page 1 of 6Catalog: FrontCatalog: GeneralCatalog: ProgramsGraduate Faculty

Catalog: Graduate Programs at UABProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogCellular and Molecular BiologyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogCellular and Molecular PhysiologyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogChemistry (Ph.D., M.S)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogClinical Laboratory Sciences (M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogCommunication ManagementProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogComputer and Information Sciences (Ph.D., M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogConcurrent and Combined Degree ProgramsProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogCriminal Justice (M.S.C.J.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogDDentistry (M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEEducation: General InformationProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEducation—CounselingProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEducation—Curriculum and InstructionProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEducation—Human StudiesProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEducation—Leadership, Special Education, Foundations andTechnologyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEducation—Psychology and ResearchProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Biomedical (Ph.D., M.S.B.M.E.)UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006Page 2 of 6

Catalog: Graduate Programs at UABProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Civil (M.S.C.E., Ph.D.*)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Computer (Ph.D.*)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Electrical (Ph.D.*, M.S.E.E.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Environmental Health (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Materials (Ph.D., M.S.Mt.E.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEngineering, Mechanical (Ph.D.*, M.S.M.E.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEnglish (M.A.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEnvironmental Health Sciences (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogEpidemiology (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogFForeign LanguagesProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogForensic Science (M.S.F.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogGGenetics (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate Catalog.GerontologyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogGraduate School Professional Development ProgramProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogHHealth Administration (M.S.H.A.)UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006Page 3 of 6

Catalog: Graduate Programs at UABProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogHealth Education/Health PromotionProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogHealth Informatics (M.S.H.I.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogHistory (M.A.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogIIntegrative Biomedical SciencesProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogLLinguisticsProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogMMaterials Science (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogMathematics (M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogMathematics, Applied (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogMicrobiology (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogMusicProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogNNeurobiologyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogNeuroscience Training ProgramProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogNurse Anesthesia (M.N.A)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006Page 4 of 6

Catalog: Graduate Programs at UABNursing (Ph.D., M.S.N.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogNutrition Sciences (Ph.D., M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogOOccupational Therapy (M.S.) *Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogOral Biology (M.S)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPPathology (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPharmacology and Toxicology (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPhilosophyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPhysical Therapy (DPT; D.Sc.P.T.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPhysics (Ph.D., M.S.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPsychology (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPublic Administration (M.P.A.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogPublic HealthProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogSSociology (M.A.), Medical (Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogTTheatreProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006Page 5 of 6

Catalog: Graduate Programs at UABPage 6 of 6ToxicologyProgram description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogVVision Science (M.S., Ph.D.)Program description from the 2004-2006 Graduate CatalogCreated by UAB Web Communications. 1998, University of Alabama at Birmingham. All rights reserved. DisclaimerAbout this site.UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki 2483112/28/2004

UAB Graduate SchoolAccounting (M.Ac.)Graduate program director: TurpenFacultyNell Adkins, Associate Professor (Accounting); TaxLowell S. Broom, Professor (Accounting) and Associate Dean;Governmental and Not-for-Profit AccountingWilliam D. Burg, Assistant Professor (Information Systems)Cindy D. Edmonds, Associate Professor (Accounting);Financial Accounting, Managerial AccountingThomas P. Edmonds, Professor (Accounting); ManagerialAccounting, Financial AccountingL. Buky Folami, Assistant Professor (Accounting); FinancialAccounting, Managerial AccountingMichael K. McAlister, Professor (Information Systems)Frank M. Messina, Professor (Accounting); AccountingInformation Systems, TaxJulio C. Rivera, Associate Professor (Information Systems)Sanjay K. Singh, Associate Professor (Information Systems)Deborah W. Tanju, Professor (Accounting); FinancialAccounting, Internal AuditingMurat N. Tanju, Professor (Accounting); Financial Accounting,Managerial AccountingBor-Yi Tsay, Professor (Accounting); Accounting InformationSystems, Managerial AccountingRichard A. Turpen, Associate Professor (Accounting);Auditing, Financial AccountingFrank E. Watkins, Associate Professor (Accounting); LegalUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

StudiesMission and ObjectiveThe mission statement of the Department of Accounting andInformation Systems is as follows: "The Department ofAccounting and Information Systems is committed to providinga high-quality, practice-oriented educational experience to alargely urban population. The Department will offer, through itsaccounting programs, an educational foundation that willprepare students for professional careers in business andaccounting or enable them to pursue graduate studies. TheDepartment will contribute to the understanding and applicationof accounting and business knowledge through the scholarshipactivities of the faculty. The Department will maintain acontinuing relationship with the professional community whilesupporting the internal activities of the University."The objective of the Master of Accounting Program is to furtherdevelop in students the skills required for success in theaccounting profession. Offered primarily in an evening format, itis designed for those individuals with a knowledge base inaccounting and business who desire to broaden theircommunication, interpersonal, technological, and appliedresearch skills. The Master of Accounting Program is accreditedby the AACSB International-The Association to AdvanceCollegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International,www.aacsb.edu).Admission RequirementsRequirements for admission to the program include thefollowing:1. A bachelor's degree in accounting from an institutionaccredited by AACSB International received within thefive-year period immediately preceding the desired termof enrollment (or a bachelor's degree from a regionallyaccredited institution and coursework equivalent to aUAB accounting degree).2. A satisfactory score on the Graduate ManagementAdmission Test (GMAT) administered by the GraduateUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

Management Admission Council (GMAC,www.mba.com) within the five-year period immediatelypreceding the desired term of enrollment.3. Satisfactory academic performance as measured by theundergraduate grade point average and particularlystrong performance in the undergraduate accountingmajor.The following additional admission requirements mayapply to international applicants:4. A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a ForeignLanguage (TOEFL) administered by the EducationalTesting Service (ETS, www.toefl.org) within the five-yearperiod immediately preceding the desired term ofenrollment.5. A "catalog match" transcript evaluation report preparedby Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE,www.ece.org).Admission to the program is competitive. The number ofqualified applicants admitted may be limited as deemedappropriate by the Master of Accounting Program Committee.Program DescriptionThe program consists of 30 semester hours of graduate credit—21 hours of required courses and 9 hours of electives:Required courses (7):LS 557 Business Law for AccountantsAC 514 Governmental and Not-for-Profit AccountingAC 600 Financial Reporting StrategyAC 606 Advanced Topics in Auditing and AttestationAC 620 Tax EntitiesMBA 611 Management Information SystemsUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

MBA 617 Enterprise Application ImplementationElective courses (3):Students may select any 500-level course designated by aSchool of Business departmental prefix or any 600-level MBAcourse except those in the core, i.e., students may not selectany of these foundation ("core") courses-MBA 609, 610, 620,632, 633, 640, 650, 660.Uniform CPA ExaminationThe state of Alabama, through its Accountancy Laws and theAlabama State Board of Public Accountancy (ASBPA,www.asbpa.state.al.us), requires that applicants for the UniformCPA Examination hold a baccalaureate degree from anaccredited institution and possess a total of 150 semester hoursof postsecondary education, including at least 33 semesterhours of accounting in specified areas at the upper-division orgraduate level. UAB students can meet these requirements inseveral ways:(1) By obtaining an undergraduate accounting degree (or itsequivalent) and completing certain additional course work asspecified under the Board’s Accountancy Rules. Studentsinterested in this option should contact an undergraduateadvisor in the Office of Undergraduate Programs and StudentServices in the School of Business for specific guidance. Thoseinterested in this option who already hold degrees from otherinstitutions should also contact an undergraduate advisor.(2) By obtaining a Master of Accounting degree. Those whoalready hold an undergraduate accounting degree (or itsequivalent) and who desire a graduate degree in accountingmay establish their academic eligibility under the Board'sAccountancy Rules by obtaining a Master of Accountingdegree. Under these Rules, those who hold graduate degreesfrom accounting programs accredited by AACSB International(as is UAB's) meet the academic requirements for taking theUniform CPA Examination.(3) By obtaining a Master of Business Administration degree.Those who already hold an undergraduate accounting degree(or its equivalent) and who desire a graduate degree inbusiness may establish their academic eligibility under theBoard's Accountancy Rules by completing as part of theirUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

M.B.A. requirements certain graduate accounting course workas determined by the Master of Accounting Program Director.Students interested in this option should first contact theAdmissions Counselor in the Graduate School of Management.Other Professional Accounting CertificationsOther examinations leading to professional certification (CMA,CIA, etc.) generally do not require academic course workbeyond the baccalaureate degree. Students interested in otheraccounting certifications should contact an undergraduateadvisor or any member of the accounting faculty for furtherinformation.Additional InformationFor detailed information contact the Graduate School ofManagement:School of Business, BEC 2191150 Tenth Avenue SouthBirmingham, AL 35294-4460Telephone 205-934-8817FAX 205-934-9200E-mail, M.Ac. raturpen@uab.eduE-mail, M.B.A. gkinstler@uab.eduWeb www.business.uab.eduCourse DescriptionsUnless otherwise noted, all courses are for three semesterhours of credit. For M.B.A. and other courses offered throughthe Graduate School of Management, see the M.B.A.information. The general enrollment requirement for Master ofAccounting courses is graduate standing and an undergraduateaccounting major or its equivalent. Graduate accountingcourses are not open to nondegree students.UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

Accounting (AC)514. Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting. Specialfeatures of budgetary and fund accounting as applied tomunicipalities, other government units, and to other non-profitentities.572. Forensic Accounting and Information TechnologyAuditing. Introduction to the practice of forensic accounting andits relationship to auditing in settings characterized by extensivereliance on information technology. An emphasis on auditmethodology as applied to accounting information systems.573. Fraud Examination. Advanced forensic accountingconcepts with a primary focus on occupational fraud and abuseits origins, perpetration, prevention, and detection. Prerequisite:AC 572.574. Forensic Accounting Practicum. Work experiencerequiring the application of forensic accounting concepts andmethods. One to three hours. Prerequisites: AC 573, LS 571,and permission of the instructor.600. Financial Reporting Strategy. Consideration of recentpronouncements of various authoritative bodies such as theFASB and SEC through research projects and casediscussions.606. Advanced Topics in Auditing and Attestation. Study ofprofessional standards and their application to external auditsand other service engagements, with an emphasis on practicalresearch and analysis.620. Tax Entities. Basic research tools in taxation; selectedparts of Internal Revenue Code and Regulations; tax planningtechniques.Legal Studies (LS)557. Business Law for Accountants. The mechanics andapplication of the Uniform Commercial Code with emphasis onsales, commercial paper, and secured transactions; legalprinciples regarding trusts and estates, insurance, and businessorganization; and expanded treatment of the law of contracts.571. Legal Elements of Fraud Investigation. Key legalUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

principles and courtroom procedures relevant to forensicaccounting, and survey of related topics-criminology theories,evidence management, and litigation services.Last modified 10/01/04UAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

UAB Graduate SchoolAdministration—Health Services (Ph.D.)Graduate program directors: HernandezFacultyNell Adkins, Associate Professor (Accounting); Corporate Taxation, Market Effects ofTaxation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Valuation of Intangible AssetsDoug Ayers, Associate Professor (Marketing); Business to Business Marketing, NewProduct DevelopmentEta Berner, Professor (Health Informatics); Evaluation of Clinical Decision Support Systemsand Other Health Information TechnologiesTed Bos, Professor (Quantitative Methods); Economic Forecasting, International Businessand Finance, Pacific Basin Financial MarketsJanet M. Bronstein, Associate Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); PublicHealth Policy, Social and Ethical Issues in Health Care, MedicaidLowell S. Broom, Professor (Accounting); Alternative Dispute Resolution, ProfessionalEthics, Fraud Detection and DeterrenceWilliam Burg , Assistant Professor (Information Systems); Database Management andSystems Analysis and DesignJeffrey Burkhardt, Associate Professor (Health Services Administration); Health CareFinance, Applied Health EconomicsRichard Burns, Professor (Finance); Corporate Finance, Firm Valuation, Small BusinessFinanceAdrian Cowen , Assistant Professor (Finance); Commercial Lending, Portfolio RiskManagement, Capital MarketsVicki Cox-Edmondson , Assistant Professor (Management): Strategy, Entrepreneurship,Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, Organizational Behavior, andConstraints ManagementSarah Culver , Associate Professor (Economics); Macro Economic Analysis, InternationalMonetary Theory, and Exchange Rate TheoryManabendra DasGupta, Associate Professor (Economics); Game Theory, StrategicDecision MakingUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

W. Jack Duncan, University Scholar and Professor (Management, Health Care Organizationand Policy); Administrative Theory, Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations,Organizational Internal AnalysisCindy D. Edmonds, Associate Professor (Accounting); Financial and ManagerialAccounting, Educational Delivery IssuesThomas P. Edmonds, Professor (Accounting); Accounting Education and InstructionalDevelopmentThomas A. Fetherston, Professor (Finance); Investments, International Finance, PacificBasin Financial MarketsBuky Folami , Assistant Professor (Accounting): Cost and Financial Accounting, RiskManagement, Business Analysis and ValuationPeter M. Ginter, Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy, Management); StrategicManagement of Health Care Organizations and Government Agencies, MacroenvironmentalAnalysisGerald L. Glandon , Professor (Health Services Administration); HealthEconomics,Technology Evaluation, Policy AnalysisDavid C. Grabowski, Assistant Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); Financingand Delivery of Long-Term Care Services, Economics of Aging, Regulation and Health Care,Health InsuranceS. Robert Hernandez, Professor (Health Services Administration); Strategic Planning forHealth Care Organizations, Health Care Organization Theory, Human ResourcesManagementTee H. Hiett, Professor Emeritus (Health Services Administration); Health Care ComputerApplications, Data Processing in Health CareVivian Ho, Associate Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); Health Economicsand Management, Aging, Applied Microeconomics, Cost Effectiveness, Health CareTechnologyRobert E. Holmes, Professor (Management); Business Education and Reform,Entrepreneurship, Strategic ManagementHoward W. Houser, Professor (Health Services Administration); History of Health CareSystems, General Administration, Comparative Health SystemsEric Jack, Assistant Professor (Operations Management); Project Management, OperationsPlanning and ManagementKyungho Jang , Assistant Professor (Economics); Time-Series Econometrics and MoneyMacroeconomicsUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

Karen Kennedy, Associate Professor (Marketing); Cognitive Research, Diversity, ServicesMarketing, Organizational Culture, Interpersonal Trust Development, Qualitative ResearchMethodsSusan Key, Associate Professor (Management); Business and Society, Ethics, BusinessLaw, Business Policy and Strategy, International PolicyJoshua C. Klapow, Assistant Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); OutcomeEvaluation, Health Related Quality of Life, Health Care Delivery Systems, BehavioralMedicine, Chronic Illness, Provider BehaviorSeung-Dong Lee, Professor (Economics); Microeconomics in Nonprofit Organizations,Econometric Studies in Health Care, International EconomicsWarren S. Martin, Professor (Marketing); Survey Research, Marketing Strategy,Professional Sales Strategy, Decision MakingM. Khris McAlister, Professor (Accounting); Management Information Systems, DataProcessing for Health Care OrganizationsStephen Mennemeyer, Associate Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); HealthEconomics, Competitive Bidding, Cost-Effectiveness, Outcomes ResearchFrank M. Messina, Professor (Accounting); Taxation, Fraud Detection and Deterrence,Professional EthicsMichael A. Morrisey, Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); Health Economics,Health Care Markets, Health Insurance, Managed CareGeorge M. Munchus, Professor (Management); Human Resources Management, LaborRelations, Arbitration and MediationPhilip Musa, Assistant Professor (Information Systems); Knowledge Management; SystemsThinkingLance Nail, Associate Professor (Finance); Wealth and Value Creation, Mergers andAcquisitionsSteven J. O'Conner, Associate Professor (Health Services Administration); Health CarePolicy and Management, Service Quality and Orientation, Stakeholder AnalysisHelmuth Orthner, Professor (Health Informatics); Next Generation Networks; Very HighSpeed Communications Systems; Web-Based Informatics for Emergency Medical CareThomas L. Powers, Professor (Marketing); International Product Innovation, MarketingStrategy, Services Marketing, Industrial MarketingJulio C. Rivera, Associate Professor (Information Systems); Telecommunications andSystems Analysis, Student and Faculty Computing ResourcesRobert Robicheaux , Professor (Marketing); Marketing Strategy and RetailingUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

Bisakha Sen , Assistant Professor (Health Care Organization and Policy); HealthEconomics, Labor Economics, Applied MicroeconomicsRichard M. Shewchuk, Professor (Health Services Administration); Community-BasedIntervention Development, Health and Long-Term Care Issues in Aging, QuantitativeMethodsSanjay Singh, Associate Professor (Management); Operations Management, ComputerApplicationsTommie Singleton , Assistant Professor (Information Systems); Systems Analysis andDesign, Forensic Auditing and Systems StructureDetlev H. Smaltz , Associate Professor (Health Informatics); Health Informatics, KnowledgeManagementJay Smith, Professor (Industrial Distribution); Transportation Policy, Cost InformationSystems, Labor-Management Relations, Computer Decision-Making SystemsRobert E. Stanford, Professor (Economics); Operations Research, Quantitative Methodsand Decision Technology in Health Service OrganizationsBryce Sutton , Assistant Professor (Economics); Macro Economic Theory, HealthcareEconomics, and BiostatisticsDeborah W. Tanju, Professor (Accounting); Internal Auditing, Financial AccountingMurat H. Tanju, Professor (Accounting); Financial Accounting, Managerial AccountingBor-Yi Tsay, Professor (Accounting); Accounting Information Systems, Cost ManagementRichard A. Turpen, Associate Professor (Accounting); Auditing, Financial Accounting,Professional EthicsRobert Underwood, Assistant Professor (Marketing); Brand Image, Brand Equity, Quality ofLife Marketing, International Marketing, Purchase BehaviorJoseph Van Matre, Professor (Economics); Total Quality Management, Health Care QualityImprovement, StatisticsJoe Walker, Associate Professor (Finance); Corporate Finance, Investments, Small FirmFinanceFrank E. Watkins, Associate Professor (Accounting); Tax and Business Law, StockholderBasis in S Corporations, Capital GainsBarbara Wech, Assistant Professor (Organizational Behavior); Teams, OrganizationalCommitmentProgram InformationUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

The Ph.D. program in Administration–Health Services is a degree program offered jointly andcooperatively by the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of HealthRelated Professions and the Graduate School of Management in the School of Business.Faculty associated with the School of Public Health, School of Medicine, Lister Hill Center forHealth Policy, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, and Centeron Aging also contribute to student learning.The Ph.D. program is for those who wish to pursue the conceptual, philosophical, andapplied aspects of administrative processes in health services, health policy, and outcomesresearch in health care. It provides doctoral-level study and research in administration withspecific application to health services.The pedagogical focus is on developing a strong research orientation through course work,research seminars, and development of mentoring relationships. Students may choose aspecialization in either strategic management or health services research. Students who areinterested in pursuing academic careers are also afforded the opportunity to develop theirteaching skills through course work and teaching opportunities. Job placement occurs inregional, national, and international markets. To date, over 50 graduates have takenpositions in academic institutions as well as health service delivery, governmental, andconsulting organizations.Admission RequirementsAn applicant should already possess a master's degree in a relevant discipline or havecompleted an undergraduate program with an outstanding record. The application deadlineis April 15. Completed applications of well-qualified candidates received by February 15 maybe considered for early admission. Although applications may be considered after April 15,admission and financial aid priority is given to those applicants whose materials are completeas of the deadline. Admission recommendations are made by the Admissions and PolicyCommittee after examination of the candidate's qualifications, which should include aminimum GRE General Test score of 1,100 (verbal plus quantitative) or a GMAT test scoreof 550. All applicants whose first language is not English are also required to submit aTOEFL score of 550 or above. Consideration will also be given to the quality of theapplicant's academic record, previous research experience and productivity, and estimatedresearch potential as indicated by references.Various forms of financial aid are available to students. Departmental researchassistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and carry an obligation of 20 hours ofwork per week. Assistantships are awarded to incoming students for a period of one year,and may be renewable for a second year based on satisfactory work and academicprogress, depending on the availability of funds. Some students are able to secure fundingfor additional years in the program through research assistant positions or other part-timejobs funded by faculty members’ grants and contract activities. Other forms of financialassistance include minority fellowships offered through the UAB Graduate School, paidteaching opportunities in selected undergraduate programs, and federal student loans.PrerequisitesPrerequisite requirements include one graduate-level statistics course with computer usageand one graduate-level course on the U.S. health care system. Incoming students who haveUAB Graduate Catalog 2004-2006

not met these prerequisites during a master’s program may take courses prior to entering theprogram or during their first year of study in the program.Program of StudyThe program of study consists of five components (1) courses in administration and healthsystems, (2) courses in research methodology and statistics, (3) specialization courses, (4)comprehensive examinations, and (5) the doctoral dissertation. Specializations are currentlyavailable in strategic management and health services research. Students must complete allcoursework in the first three areas and pass a comprehensive examination in each beforework can officially begin on the dissertation. The investigation and other special work leadingto the dissertation must be performed directly under the guidance and supervision of a fiveperson committee of the UAB graduate faculty. The normal minimum period in which thedoctoral degree can be

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