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University of Alabama at Birmingham

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University of Alabama at Birmingham (also known as UAB) is a public, coeducational university located in Birmingham, Alabama. The university is part of the three-member University of Alabama System, which also includes the main University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). UAB currently has an enrollment of approximately 16,000 students. The school's president is Carol Garrison.

The history of UAB began with the relocation of the University of Alabama School of Medicine from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham in 1945. Because of the rapid growth of the Birmingham area, it was deemed necessary that an extension program for students who had difficulties which prevented them from studying in Tuscaloosa was needed. UAB became an autonomous campus in 1969.

UAB offers programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees in various fields, including liberal arts, business, education, engineering, health-related fields (such as medicine, dentistry and nursing) and public health. The school is highly renowned for its medical research and natural sciences programs. UAB received over $390 million in federal grants during the past fiscal year for research purposes. This places the school as one of the larger research institutions in the Southeast. UAB Hospital also sponsors residency programs in various medical specialties, including internal medicine, surgery, radiology, and anesthesiology.

Accolades

The schools of Nursing and Medicine at UAB are among the nationís best, according to the 2005-2006 U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools. The School of Nursing is ranked 19th. The School of Medicine is ranked 23rd, two spots higher than the previous year's ranking. Five medical specialties at UAB are ranked in the top 20 nationally by the magazine: AIDS, 4th (up one ranking); womenís health, 8th; internal medicine 18th (up one ranking); geriatrics, 19th; and pediatrics, 19th. The schoolís primary care program was ranked 34th, up four spots.

Two programs in the School of Health Related Professions are ranked; the masterís degree program in health services administration is ranked 10th, and the masterís program in physical therapy ranked 25th.

The School of Engineeringís biomedical engineering program is ranked 40th. Doctoral programs in the biological sciences are in the top 50.

Athletics

UAB's green-and-gold-swathed athletics teams are nicknamed the Blazers. UAB is a member of Conference USA and participates in Division I of the NCAA. UAB's athletic programs are relatively young. As such, the school has often had to struggle to earn recognition nationally (and even in the state). Specifically, its football team struggles within Alabama to climb out of the shadows cast by the state's premier football programs, the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide and Auburn University's Tigers. Watson Brown coaches the football team, which plays at 83,901-seat Legion Field. The school's men's basketball team, led by "hell ball" disciple Mike Anderson, plays in 8,508-seat Bartow Arena. While the football team entered post-season play only recently (2004 Hawaii Bowl), the men's basketball program has long had a history of playing in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In 2004, the school gained national attention when it upset the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the second round of the tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.

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