shp new mastersThe University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions announced today that it has created an accelerated master’s 4+1 program with Miles College — a historically black college located in Fairfield, Alabama.

Each year, UAB’s Master of Science in Health Informatics program will accept a select number of students in Miles’ Computer and Information Sciences or Management Information Systems undergraduate programs for this new initiative. The initial students will begin the accelerated program in the fall 2018 semester.

This is UAB’s first partnership with a historically black college or university for an accelerated master’s program.

simulation class shpThe UAB School of Health Professions recently gained approval by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees to launch a new Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation program.

The degree program is designed to prepare students to lead within organizations using simulation to improve quality of care and impact patient outcomes. An entirely online program, students will have the flexibility to complete their degrees while working full time.

“My vision for this program is to develop leaders in the use of simulation to improve the care we provide to our patients,” said Michelle Brown, program director. “There is a growing number of simulation centers throughout the country and we want to help ensure leaders in those centers are prepared to serve a diverse group of students and healthcare professionals.”

Students will receive a strong foundation in simulation as an educational methodology as well as evidence-based quality and patient safety strategies.

cahiim accredited sealThe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program is one of only 11 Health Informatics (HI) programs in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation through CAHIIM is the highest achievable education and curriculum standard available for MSHI programs.

The CAHIIM accreditors noted strengths of a well-connected program director and advisory board. They also pointed out the program’s relationships with a diverse number of programs within the department and with the world-renowned UAB Health System and School of Medicine.

“Accreditation is an important and significant undertaking,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, UAB Department of Health Services Administration. “We are thrilled that the hard work and determination of the faculty and staff in the MSHI Program have been rewarded with this milestone.”

Williams serving in Key WestWilliams serving in Key WestRodgerick Williams, alumnus of the Department of Health Services Administration’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management program and Master of Science in Health Administration (Executive), is the winner of the 2017 UAB School of Health Professions’ Alumni Service Award.

The award is given annually to SHP alumni who demonstrate continuing extraordinary service. Williams has done this regularly to UAB as well as the local, state and national level.

“Service is essential to health care leadership and Rodgerick exemplifies service in everything he does,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration. “He is a great role model for current and future students.”


Harold Jones Donna Martin Carleton RiversDonna S. Martin, a 1977 graduate of what was then the UAB Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition/Dietetics program, is the UAB School of Health Professions’ 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award winner. Martin becomes only the 48th person to earn the highest honor awarded to our alumni – a number that is even more impressive when you consider we have more than 18,000 graduates in our history.

“I am so humbled to receive this award, from such a prestigious institution, one that has given me the knowledge and skills to allow me to do something I love,” said Martin, director, Burke County (Georgia) School Nutrition Program and president, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). “I am so grateful to have a job where I am able to make a difference in the lives of children every day.”

Two School of Health Professions’ faculty members were honored with the UAB Graduate Dean’s Excellence in Mentorship Award. Paula Chandler-Laney, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Ferhat Zengul, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, earned the honor for exceptional work with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows during a ceremony April 2, 2018.

Each was asked what makes mentoring graduate students and postdocs special as well as what they learned.

For Chandler-Laney – the lesson was to keep it upbeat.

“Lead your group with a positive and optimistic attitude. Help your students rephrase their weaknesses and disappointments as opportunities to grow. Model this for them; be honest about the challenges of choosing an academic path, but teach them how to find the training and support they need to overcome any challenges they face.”

CarletonRivers NutritionAwardThe Alabama Dietetic Association (ALDA), an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has named Carleton Rivers, MS, RDN, program director of the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Nutrition Sciences – Clinical Track – Dietetic Internship program, the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Each year, affiliates of the Academy name a Recognized Young Dietitian to recognize the excellence of dietitians age 35 or younger.

“I am honored to receive the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Alabama Dietetic Association. To be honest, the past two years working as a Dietetic Internship Director at UAB have been the hardest of my life but also the most fulfilling,” said Rivers. “I am grateful that the Lord has entrusted me with the responsibility of training new dietitians and surrounded me with such an amazing team in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. I could not be where I am today without my faith in the Lord and the support of my family and colleagues. I love what I do, so to receive an award for my work is the cherry on top of the cake.”

University of Alabama at BirminghamLaura Q Rogers Professor Laura Q. Rogers, M.D., FACP, FACSM, has been elected to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) board of trustees in the area of Medicine. Rogers is a faculty member in the School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Nutrition Sciences.

“ACSM is a remarkable and vibrant organization that is committed to high-quality research, excellent clinical care, and impactful public health strategies focused on improving the health of individuals and populations through exercise,” said Rogers, who in addition to being an ACSM Fellow, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and is certified as an American Board of Obesity Medicine Diplomat. “My vision for ACSM is to facilitate and advance these aspects of our organization while also focusing on increasing the diversity of our membership and mentoring opportunities.”

Katie Norton Neal SHP Young Alumni Achievement AwardKatie Norton Neal receives SHP Young Alumni Achievement Award from Dr. JonesOn Thursday, March 1, 2018, Katie Norton Neal, alumna of the UAB Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program, received the UAB School of Health Professions’ Young Alumni Achievement Award. The 2014 graduate is the first from the Department of Occupational Therapy to earn the honor.

Less than two years after graduating, Katie, along with her husband Brandon, opened Alabama Pediatric Therapy Services, LLC, to provide occupational, speech and physical therapy to children from birth to 18 years old in Oneonta, Alabama. One year later, they opened a second location in Gadsden. Today, their clinic employs a team of six full-time therapists, three part-time therapists, four PRN therapists, an office manager, two office assistants, a billing coordinator, and a translator to provide high quality therapy services to both communities.

“Being able to provide quality care to children that may otherwise not be able to receive services is a dream come true,” said Neal. “My position allows me to witness the positive impact our services have on the children, as well as the positive impact these children have on us.”

“It is extraordinary to see someone her age that has the vision as well as the skills to see a need for pediatric occupational therapy and then be able to successfully fill that void with a business that is thriving and expanding,” said UAB School of Health Professions Dean Harold P. Jones, Ph.D. “Katie’s passion for children will help her achieve so much for herself, but more importantly, for the families she serves. We all look forward to seeing her grow throughout her occupational therapy career.”