Student Testimonials

William Ferniany, PhD
 

"One of the best career moves I made was to get a doctoral degree in Administration - Health Services from UAB. The degree not only gave me a skill set and perspective that I would not have had other wise, but also opened doors to give me opportunities. As important is that the contacts made with the faculty and my peers have always proved beneficial."

Will Ferniany, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
UAB Health System

 


LTC Jessie L. Tucker, PhD
 

I chose UAB's Administration-Health Services doctoral program because it afforded me the opportunity to learn from the clear leaders in health services administration education. The very high standards to which the faculty adhered and the caliber of the students, provided a most enriching educational opportunity that served as a turning point in my career. I was clearly challenged to expand my thinking, improve my ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative information and employ numerous skill sets that ultimately prepared me to aptly address every problem that I've faced in my health services leadership career. Given the increasing complexity of the environments in which health services leaders must operate and the instruments that they must understand and interpret, doctoral prepared executives will increasingly demonstrate their worth in leading their organizations.

 

The Executive Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services provides a very timely and practitioner-focused alternative to the traditional doctoral program. Built upon a very solid history of traditional and executive program offerings, the executive doctoral program melds the best of practice and research to provide what I would consider to be an exceptional educational experience. The renowned faculty members that staff the program are all well respected and published leaders in their individual specialties and work in concert with seasoned health services executives to offer the leading program of its type in the nation. By remaining grounded in the empirically supported core principles employed by successful health service leaders in all sectors, the program provides graduates with all of the tools needed to optimize the outcomes of their organizations. Such an exceptional educational environment ensures that graduates will enter the evolving and increasingly complex field of health services leadership with the ability to employ advanced techniques, tools and approaches. Graduates will exit the program with the essential skills that are needed to immediately increase their value and contribution to improving the delivery of health services in their organizations in the near and long-term.

 

I strongly recommend the program for any senior health services executive interested in being prepared to face the challenges of the current and future environments in which they find themselves.

Jessie L. Tucker III, Ph.D., FACHE, CFM (1998)
Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army Medical Services Corps
Senior Vice President and Administrator
Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital
Pearland, Texas

LTC Dr. Tucker was the recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2007 Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for young healthcare executive of the year. He is the first active-duty military officer to receive the award.

 


Melanie Salsgiver, RN, MSN, MSHA, FACHE
 
“As a senior leader with a focus on clinical services, I felt drawn to expand my knowledge base in the practice of health administration. I was thrilled to find I could access the Healthcare Administration program at UAB in a format geared to executives like me. I felt energized and challenged by the faculty and other executives, who represented diverse practice arenas and health care delivery systems. The value of this program for me is not only the knowledge and skills I acquired, but the ability to keep my career on track while completing a program of this caliber.”

Melanie Salsgiver, RN, MSN, MSHA, FACHE
(2007 graduate of MSHA Executive Program)
Chief Nursing Officer
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center