Dingle Standard BearerThe SHP Undergraduate Honors program is for you if you are intellectually curious, highly motivated and willing to put the extra work necessary to set yourself apart from the rest.

Our Honors Program includes two seminars to develop your leadership and scholarship skills, plus a four-hour credit honors project to complete scientific research, apply leadership principles, or engage in a service learning experience.

This is your opportunity to work directly and extensively with a faculty mentor and to prepare yourself for a career in health care.

You want more. Strive for more.

Think you are ready for more? Apply for the SHP Undergraduate Honors program for your opportunity to do more and be more.

The honors experience is that rare opportunity for you - that talented student who wants to cultivate ideas and produce results. Whether research, leadership or service to others, this is your chance to make a difference. One-on-one mentoring will help you develop confidence and improve your skills in the key elements necessary to reach the next level: collaboration, analysis and problem solving.


  • You must be currently enrolled in one of SHP's undergraduate professional degree programs
  • You must have a GPA of 3.25 for your last 60 credit hours with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00
  • You must be recommended by your program director
  • You must have a letter of support from the faculty member who will officially mentor you


  • You must complete 6 credit hours of SHP Honors Program coursework (see below). In some programs these credits may be in addition to your normally required degree requirements.
  • Fall semester is Honors Seminar I (HRP 401/501). Spring semester is Honors Seminar II (HRP 402/502). You and your faculty mentor will decide when you will start working on your scholarly project and how your 4 semester hours of Honors Project (HRP 410/510) credits will be spread out. HRP 410/510 credits are spread over at least 2 semesters.

Course Description

HRP 401/501 Honors Seminar I Introduction to leadership principles with emphasis on group dynamics, negotiating, conflict management, and decision making models. Skills development in public speaking and presentations. 1.00 hour 

HRP 402/502 Honors Seminar II Advanced leadership principles and introduction to scientific research processes. Skill development in information searching, information critiquing, and proposal writing techniques. 1.00 hour

HRP 410/510 Honors Project Development and completion of a researchable project for presentation and publication under the direction of a faculty mentor. Two to four terms required for a minimum accumulation of 4 semester hours. Written research paper submitted and grades assigned upon completion of the 4 semester hours. 1.00 - 3.00 hours

For additional information on the SHP Honors program contact:

Midge N. Ray, Ph.D., RN, CCS
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Honors and Research
Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
Phone: (205) 934-1677
Mailing address:
1720 2nd Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1212