School of Health Professions


MISSION:
To improve the quality of health through teaching, research, and translation of discoveries into practice.

VISION: To be recognized as the leading school of health professions — shaping the future of health care.

STRATEGIC PLAN SUMMARY: The School of Health Professions Strategic Plan focuses on initiatives in five focus areas. These focus areas are areas where there is great societal need, where the school has a record of accomplishment and expertise, and where we believe we can tailor innovative research and educational solutions to real-world problems and work in partnership with others to expand the impact of our work. Below are the five focus areas, the overall goals and Action Steps for Years 1-2.

Rehabilitation and Disability

Goals:

  • Establish a new Center on Disability and Rehabilitation.
  • Expand and diversify the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative.
  • Recruit additional funded researchers.
  • Increase extramural funding for disability and rehabilitation research that includes both children and adults with disabilities.
  • Increase financial support for Rehabilitation Science Ph.D. students.
  • Develop a tele-health infrastructure for health promotion with children and adults who have disabilities.
  • Respond to demand and diversity needs for OT, PT and Rehabilitation Science professionals.

Objectives

  • Hire chair for Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Hire two funded researchers who can support Ph.D. students.
  • Establish speaker series.
  • Double the extramural grant award amounts for Departments of PT and OT.
  • Establish a tele-health infrastructure.

Healthcare Management and Leadership

Goals:

  • Be recognized globally as a leader in health care management education, research and service.
  • Expand the reach and impact of the Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership and the Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety and Quality.
  • Deliver innovative health care management education that enhances the value of degree programs and anticipates market demand.
  • Improve the effectiveness of the health care delivery system through expanded research activity.

Objectives

  • Hire new department chair and five faculty to support the educational programs and research initiatives related to these goals.
  • Admit and begin to deliver MSHA to second cohort of students in Saudi Arabia
  • Change name to, and identify director for, Center for Healthcare Management and Leadership.
  • Establish global research and educational partnership with institution in Turkey
  • Complete BOT approvals for M.S. in Healthcare Quality and Safety.

Obesity and Obesity-Related Diseases

Goals:

  • Enhance the multidisciplinary program in lifestyle intervention science, application and community outreach to a position of national leadership
  • Reduce the burden of suffering from obesity-related cancers, diabetes and heart disease through expanded scientific discovery
  • Expand and develop innovative patient care programs in obesity medicine
  • Leverage our world-class education program in nutrition and obesity to enhance its sustainability, quality and inclusiveness

Objectives

  • Recruit two faculty members who will expand and enhance programs in education, research and patient care
  • Submit two applications for extramurally funded training grants in obesity and nutrition research
  • Complete construction of exercise lab and complete planning for demonstration kitchen
  • Increase extramural funding by 10 percent
  • Increase the number of patients treated in outpatient obesity medicine clinics by 25 percent

Signature Programs for Workforce Needs

Goals:

  • Grow enrollment in the physician assistant program by developing a primary care option.
  • Develop an online regulatory affairs track for biotechnology industry professionals.
  • Develop graduate-level programming in Health Physics and Medical Physics.
  • Develop a graduate-level professional school preparatory program to strengthen the competitiveness of disadvantaged and rural students seeking entry into professional health care programs.
  • Develop an innovative Clinical Laboratory Sciences curriculum to address severe workforce shortages.

Objectives

  • Grow enrollment in the physician assistant program by 10 percent in fall 2014
  • Complete BOT approvals for M.S. in Biomedical and Health Sciences, M.S. in Nuclear Medicine Technology, M.S. in Health Physics, and a Regulatory Affairs Certificate in Biotechnology.
  • Complete two or three faculty hires to support expansion of physician assistant program and health physics startup.

Undergraduate Education

Goals:

  • Build a strong enrollment in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Expand the Health Care Management undergraduate program.
  • Expand school-based honors and undergraduate research opportunities that will attract high-ability students and position them to be leaders in their field.
  • Create accelerated degree offerings that allow students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees more efficiently.
  • Create minors that enhance and expand knowledge and skills in the health professions.

Objectives

  • Enroll first class of Biomedical Sciences majors in fall 2014 (> 50 students).
  • Hire three new faculty to support Biomedical Sciences program.
  • Grow enrollment of Health Care Management students in fall 2014 to more than 325.
  • Add two new undergraduate minors/certificates.