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Frank Franklin M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Frank Franklin M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.
 

Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Health Behavior
School of Public Health
Ryals 320 E
Phone: (205) 934-7161
E-mail:  frankln@uab.edu
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Frank Franklin MD MPH PhD is Professor Emeritus of Public Health at UAB. Formerly, he was Professor of Maternal and Child Health, Pediatrics and Nutrition Sciences and Chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UAB School of Public Health. He is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. He practiced, taught and did research at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, LSU New Orleans and UAB. His research included basic biochemistry of lipoproteins, clinical trials in cardiovascular disease prevention and obesity treatment of children and adults, community interventions to increase fruit and vegetable intake in families, curriculum development in preventive cardiology and clinical nutrition and cohort studies of adolescents for determinants of at risk behaviors. He has extensive expertise in basic, clinical, and community aspects of nutrition and obesity of children and adults, especially in families. He has significant experience in assessing diet, BMI, and psychosocial variables and intervening with families to promote healthy lifestyles. His federally funded research studies spanned a wide age range with investigations involving multiple races/ethnicities, genders, especially low socioeconomic status mother-child dyads. His current activities include teaching public health nutrition and working with agencies throughout Birmingham for healthier community lifestyles.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

  • Ph.D., 1978, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism
  • M.P.H., 1971, Harvard University
  • M.D., 1968, University of Maryland
  • B.A., 1964, Yale University, Psychology

CURRENT POSITIONS AT UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM

  • Professor Emeritus of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior in School of Public Health
  • Secondary Appointment, Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Nutrition Science

RESEARCH INTEREST AREAS

  • Nutrition Problems and Policies
  • Pediatrics
  • School Nutrition Promotion Programs
  • Head Start Nutrition

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION AREAS

  • Maternal & Child Health Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease Starting in Childhood
  • Adolescent "At Risk" Behaviors