UAB School of Health Professions Current News

Houser Named to Institute of Medicine Committee

houser_sThe Institute of Medicine has appointed Shannon H. Houser, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to join its Committee to Review Data Systems for Monitoring HIV/AIDS Care. At the request of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, IOM has created the committee of experts to assess data systems that capture information about HIV to investigate the best ways to use that information to improve HIV/AIDS care. The committee is charged with providing recommendations for the most critical data and indicators to gauge the impact of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in improving HIV/AIDS care.


Chernobyl 25 Years Later

April 26, 2011 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Radiation expert Norman E. Bolus, program director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nuclear Medicine Technology program, discusses Chernobyl 25 years later.

Bolus is available for interviews. Please contact Bob Shepard at the Office of Media Relations at (205) 934-8934.

Radiation Forum on Fox 6

Norm Bolus, director of UAB Nuclear Medicine Technology program, appeared on Fox 6 during his open forum on “Japan, Chernobyl, Alabama: What You Need to Know About Radiation.” 

Bolus gave an overview of radiation and the differences between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. He also gave examples of radiation disasters from Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Japan. While Chernobyl and Japan are both at the highest level of rankings at a seven, Bolus says Chernobyl is still considered the worst disaster. He said authorities in Chernobyl did not inform the public for seven days, children were affected from milk from cows that ate radioactive grass and the plant is still leaking 25 years later.

SHP Professors Presented Excellence in Mentorship Awards

Three UAB School of Health Professions professors in the Department of Nutrition Sciences were named recipients of the 2011 Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship. Overall, 22 professors from 16 departments were named. The award, now in its fourth year, recognizes exceptional faculty mentorship and demonstrates that UAB is a university that values the commitment to excellence in mentorship that is exhibited by its faculty, says Bryan Noe, Ph.D., dean of The Graduate School and creator of the award.


Biotech program trains future workforce

kathy_nugent_tino_unlap_webThe Biotechnology Program in the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences is the front cover story in the UAB Reporter. Read more about how the program trains students in the science and business aspects of the field - a desired combination for many of today's biotechnology employers. (Update: As of June 15, 2012, the Biotechnology program became a stand-alone master's degree.)

Health Services Administration makes U.S. News & World Report Top Five

badge-best-whiteU.S. News & World Report ranks a number of programs in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham among the nation’s top 20. The latest rankings were released in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” available online at

According to the rankings released March 15, the master’s degree program in health services administration ranked No. 5 in the nation, up from No. 7 last year.


Baruch College Wins National Health Administration Case Competition

Entering for the first time, Baruch College in New York, N.Y., topped 28 other national graduate schools in the fifth annual Health Administration Case Competition conducted by University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Health Services Administration. The University of Central Florida and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill placed second and third, respectively.HSAcasecompetition

UAB Health System sponsored the competition, which awarded cash prizes to the top three teams selected by a panel of 13 nationally recognized health-administration professional judges. The winner was announced Feb. 17, 2011, during the seventh annual L.R. “Rush” Jordan Distinguished Lecture in Birmingham. Baruch Mount Sinai MBA graduate students, one of 10 senior colleges of The City University of New York, won a cash prize of $9,000.


Public and private companies will benefit from school’s resources

Nutrition_ArdWith rising insurance costs from obesity to diabetes, employers are looking at ways to cut costs. Having healthy employees is one way to do it, but who do you turn to design a wellness program. Where would a veteran or those that need to return to work quickly while adapting to new physical limitations go for help. Public and private companies as well as organizations won’t have to look too far. They will be able to tap into the resources of world-renowned faculty and clinical researchers in their backyard.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions is looking for opportunities to consult and develop programs for businesses and the community on health related issues.


Transparency Coming to Health Care Industry

When a person books a hotel room or makes a reservation at a restaurant, they can find some sort of rating or consumer report. That five-star or three-star rating can make the difference whether or not someone frequents that business. When it comes to hospitals and health care facilities, consumers haven’t historically had that access. That could all change.