Infectious Disease


All communities are at risk for infectious disease outbreaks. Recognizing an outbreak, educating/informing the public, and mitigating its spread are a few of the key functions of government. To this end, the University maintains a Student Health Center to treat non-emergency medical conditions and promote disease prevention, education, and control. Additionally, the University communicates with the Alabama Department of Public Health regarding public health concerns. The University has partnered with ADPH to be a Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) for students, employees, and their families in case of an infectious disease outbreak.

One common type of infectious disease is the fluInfluenza Viruses (Flu) are infectious diseases that strike birds and mammals and are largely composed of three types: A, B, and C. These viruses spread through people from respiratory droplets of coughs and sneezes, either through the air by passing into the nose or mouth, or by touching an object containing droplets and then transferring it by touch to the eyes, nose, or mouth. The symptoms include mild to severe illness. (Protection tips)

University of Alabama officials are closely monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and are in continuous communication with public health officials. There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Alabama. The symptoms are similar to the flu and can cause mild illness or, in limited cases, become life-threatening. The University has created a website at with updated information for the campus community.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) links on Infectious Diseases


Information on Specific Types of Emergencies


Swine Flu

West Nile

Prevention Protocols

Cough Etiquette

Hand Washing


Alabama Department of Public Health Videos on Flu Prevention Tips