Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center

at University of Alabama, Birmingham

The Alabama-Mississippi Public Health Training Center (AL-MS PHTC) works to improve the public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competency of the current and future public health workforce. The Center is vital in assuring that the public health workforce has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to address complex public health issues now and into the future. Training and education programs developed by the AL-MS PHTC are competency-based, grounded in core public health functions and Essential Public Health Services, and designed to improve the capacity of the public health workforce, including those in community-based organizations providing public health services in underserved areas.  Training and education programs are tailored for specific target audiences and delivered through distance education technologies and on-site programs.

The AL-MS PHTC is located at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). UAB is comprised of 11 academic colleges and schools in health sciences and academic areas spanning more than 85 blocks in the city center with over 250 buildings and an annual budget of over $3 billion. The UAB School of Public Health, accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health, has more than $40 million in active grant research through five academic departments offering training in more than 20 major specialty areas and numerous interdisciplinary training programs.

  • Infectious Disease
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Distance Learning Education
  • Leadership & Management
  • Finance & Budgeting
  • Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Alabama Maternal & Child Health Leadership Network
  • Mississippi State Department of Health
  • UAB Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)
  • UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences
  • UAB School of Public Health, Department of Maternal & Child Health
  • Mississippi State Medical Response System
  • Alabama AIDS Education and Training Center
  • United South & Eastern Tribes
  • Alabama Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
  • Identify workforce development capacity and needs targeting public health workers in community-based organizations (CBO) specifically in the medically underserved areas (MUA) of Alabama and Mississippi.
  • Develop and provide competency-based education and training to improve the capacity of the public health workforce in the underserved areas of Alabama and Mississippi.
  • Develop opportunities for public health faculty, students, and practitioners to work collaboratively on identified public health needs in MUAs and with medically underserved populations (MUP).
  • Provide opportunities for faculty and/or practitioners to mentor public health students in organizations that serve MUAs and MUPs


Peter GinterPeter M. Ginter, PhD

PI and LPS Director

Peter M. Ginter, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized professor of strategic management and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the UAB School of Public Health.  Dr. Ginter is the Director and PI of the Alabama-Mississippi Local Planning Site (LPS) of the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC). Dr. Ginter is active in research in strategic management, leadership, and health care organizations. He is the author or co-author of 17 books including Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations, 8th ed. (2018) with Duncan and Swayne and Public Health Leadership and Management: Context and Cases (2002) with Capper and Swayne.  Peter has published more than 150 articles, papers, and cases. He holds a Ph.D. from University of North Texas.


Andrew RucksAndrew C. Rucks, Ph.D.


Andrew C. Rucks, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized public health academician with an emphasis on regional coalition building, pediatric medical surge capacity, and preparedness drills and exercises. Dr. Rucks is a professor in the department of Health Care Organization and Policy, Director of Finance and Administration, and Executive Director of the Survey Research Unit. Dr. Rucks has almost 30 years of academic and business experience. Dr. Rucks has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and has more than 30 years of experience in project management. He holds a PhD in management science from the University of North Texas. He currently serves as an Investigator in the Alabama-Mississippi Local Planning Site (LPS) of the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC).


Elena KiddElena Kidd, MPH

Program Manager

Elena Kidd, MPH, currently serves as program manager for Alabama-Mississippi Local Planning Site (LPS) of the Region IV Public Health Training Center (PHTC). Her current responsibilities include the execution the LPS training plan, marketing/outreach activities, identifying student field placements, and other coordinating functions. Her previous experience includes public health preparedness research involving an assessment of public health capabilities for state partners and a quantitative literature review on mobile field medical response. With over five years of experience, Mrs. Kidd possesses skills in program coordination, implementation and administration, instructional design and adult education, and event management.

Matthew Fifolt, PhD

Evaluation Consultant

Matthew Fifolt, Phd is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health (UAB-SOPH). Dr. Fifolt holds a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and University of Alabama; a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina; and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University. Prior to joining the faculty of UAB-SOPH, Dr. Fifolt served as the Associate Director of the Evaluation and Assessment Unit in the Center for the Study of Community Health at UAB. In this role, he was responsible for program and outcomes evaluation for the cooperative agreements funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHHD). Dr. Fifolt has published in a variety of peer-reviewed publications on the topics of evaluation and assessment, home visiting, workforce diversity, and strategic planning; he is currently the technical editor of the Mid-South Literacy Journal.



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