Professor, Surgical Physician Assistant Program
School of Health Professions
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Class of 1989
Patricia Ransel Jennings, DrPH, PA-C is a 1989 graduate of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, where she earned the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. She returned to campus in 1995 after the Duke PA Program became a graduate program, earning the Master of Health Sciences. She received the Doctorate in Public Health in Epidemiology and Behavioral Health from the University of Kentucky in 2005.
She is currently Professor at the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Surgical Physician Assistant Program, in the School of Health Professions. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB in 2003, she was Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, where she held joint appointments in the Division of Physician Assistant Studies and the College of Pharmacy.
In addition to her distinguished record as a PA educator, Dr. Jennings has devoted her career to improving access to quality care for persons living with HIV/AIDS. She has been awarded continuous grant funding for clinical research and to educate health professions students about HIV/AIDS for more than a decade, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the Centers for Disease Control, and the State of Kentucky.
Dr. Jennings has practiced clinically in public health, specializing in HIV/AIDS, most recently at the Birmingham Veterans Administration HIV Clinic and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. She began her career in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and then worked in private practice in primary care and infectious disease.
Dr. Jennings has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on a variety of clinical topics, and is an invited speaker to many national meetings in the area of HIV/AIDS. She was named Teacher of the Year by the University of South Alabama PA Program in 2007, Preceptor of the Year by Pacific University in 2003, and Outstanding Young Faculty Member by the Association of Physician Assistant Programs in 1998.