BG HealthcareMgmt2016The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program is now ranked #2 in the nation according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. The MSHA program, housed in the Department of Health Services Administration, is only one-tenth of a point behind the top ranked program in the category of Best Grad Schools in Health Care Management.

“The ranking is an acknowledgement of our commitment to provide an outstanding learning experience that includes excellent education, practice-relevant scholarly activity, and engaged alumni,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Services Administration. “It means so much to the department because it is recognition from our peers and because it highlights a legacy of excellence at UAB that began 50 years ago.”

The latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, released March 10, 2015, are part of the 2016 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.”

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The rankings reflect a trend of strong, continuous growth for the MSHA program which has steadily moved up over the past decade. In 2009 the program was ranked 7th; in 2011 the program was ranked 5th; this year the MSHA program achieved the highest rank in its 50 year history. And the MSHA program is now the highest ranked program in UAB School of Health Professions history.

“These rankings acknowledge and highlight the tremendous legacy – past, present and future – that UAB’s MSHA program has strived to deliver since 1965,” said Randa Hall, program director, UAB Master of Science in Health Administration. “We are fortunate to have incredibly dedicated and committed faculty, staff, students and alumni that help us deliver and achieve the best in healthcare management education.”

“What a great time to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary and reflect on our commitment to excellence that began with Class 1 and continues today,” said Lemak. “It gives me great pleasure to say this is not a coincidence. Our students are placed in residencies at top health systems across the country and our alumni lead some of the nation’s best hospitals. The latest rankings reflect what is known in the healthcare industry - UAB is one of the top Health Care Management programs in the United States.”

The UAB MSHA program has graduated more than 1,300 healthcare leaders since 1965. Dedicated faculty offers a unique educational experience that emphasizes the cohort model and requires an administrative residency for this CAHME-accredited program.

The UAB School of Health Professions, which is home to the HSA department and MSHA program, has three U.S. News & World Report Top 20 ranked programs with the Physician Assistant program ranked 16th and the Physical Therapy program ranked 19th. The School’s Occupational Therapy program is ranked 28th and gives the SHP four schools ranked in the nation’s Top 30.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on results of surveys sent to peers at accredited degree programs in each discipline. Health care management programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).