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MSHA Ranked #2; SHP has 3 in U.S. News & World Report Top 20

Best GradThe 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.  That is currently the highest ranking for any program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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 UAB Physician Assistant Program makes the highest jump of any program in the UAB School of Health Professions, leaping nine notches up to 16th in the nation.  The PA improvement gives the school three Top 20 ranked programs.

The latest rankings were released in the 2016 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools."

Read more about the rankings here...

SHP Alumni Win UAB Excellence in Business Honors

The 2015 UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 features five alumni from the UAB School of Health Professions.  The award, given by the UAB National Alumni Society to identify, recognize, and celebrate the success of the top 25 UAB alumni-owned or UAB alumni-operated businesses, went to Mark Bowling, Gretchen Napier Geagan, Mazi Rasulnia, Eric Robinson, and Robert J. Zasa.

Excellence in Business Award WinnersSHP Excellence in Business Award Winners: (Left to Right) Mark Bowling, Gretchen Napier Geagan, Mazi Rasulnia, and Robert J. Zasa. (not pictured-Eric Robinson)

Meet the SHP recipients of the 2015 UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 Awards here...

Chiasera Named Fellow of American Council on Education

Janelle Chiasera 2012Janelle M. Chiasera, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Diagnostic Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been selected as one of 47 emerging college and university leaders for the 2015-16 class of the American Council on Education.  Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program - the longest running leadership-development program in the United States - focuses on identifying and preparing the next generation of senior leadership for the nation's colleges and universities.

Chiasera joined UAB in 2006 as program director for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program.  She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Learn more about Chiasera and the American Council on Education here...

ASCP Names Michelle Brown Southeast Region Member of the Year

Michelle Brown ASCP RegionUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor Michelle Brown, MS, MLS (ASCP) SBB, has been named 2014 Member of the Year, Southeast Region, by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  She is one of only six in the U.S. to be honored by ASCP.

"Ms. Brown's energy and enthusiasm for the laboratory profession has led her to be called a 'cheerleader' of Medical Laboratory Science," said Lynnette Chakkaphak, MS, MT (ASCP), member of the ASCP Board of Governors.  "She shares this enthusiasm with her students, encouraging them to become laboratory leaders and active members of the healthcare team."

Read more about Brown's honor and the ASCP here...

Health Care Management's Online Program Ranked #1

best school seal 2 300x300The online Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management degree program offered by the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has been named the best in the nation by TheBestSchools.org, an independent resource for campus and online education.

TheBestSchools.org ranked program based on academic excellence, types of available classes, faculty strength, rankings, and reputation.

"Our mission is to develop leaders to shape tomorrow's health care, and our excellent undergraduate program is an essential part of achieving that mission," said Christy Lemak, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Health Services Administration.  "We take pride in our ability to provide degree completion for students who began in other health-related professions and offer the online format for individuals seeking health care management education from around the state, nation, and world."

Read more about the ranking here...

Weech-Maldonado Awarded $1.25 Million Grant for "High-Medicaid" Nursing Home Research

robert maldonadoResearchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions have been awarded $1.25 million by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to better understand the management and market factors associated with high performance among nursing homes that have a high proportion, 85 percent or greater, of Medicaid residents.

Robert Weech-Maldonado, Ph.D., professor and L.R. Jordan Chair of the Department of Health Services Administration, says this five-year R01 grant is for a mixed-methods analysis - using both quantitative and qualitative studies - to study high-Medicaid-resident nursing homes and identify evidence-based, best management practices.

"Nobody has taken a mixed-methods look at why some high-Medicaid nursing homes perform well and others do not," Weech-Maldonado said.  "This grant will enable us to gather quantitative data, such as surveys of management, and find patterns.  Following that, we will use qualitative methods, such as interviewing staff, to reveal the complete story about what is really happening inside nursing homes across the United States."

Find out more about the grant here...

Jennings 1 of 5 Named Presidential Scholar by the AcademyHealth Institute

Jaime Jennings AcademyHealth Presidential ScholarJ'Aime Jennings, MPA, a doctoral candidate in the UAB Doctoral Program in Administration-Health Services Doctor of Philosophy program, is one of only five students in the United States to earn the Presidential Scholarship for the AcademyHealth Institute on Advocacy and Public Policy.

This scholarship provides students identified as early career produces and users of health services with an interest in advocacy and policy with financial support to attend the 2015 National Health Policy Conference.  During the NHPC, the Presidential Scholars have a unique opportunity to interact with influential policy and thought leaders in health services research.

Learn more about Jennings and the Presidential Scholar here...

UAB PT Leads Way in Promoting National Program on Health for People with Disabilities

PT ICDI 01The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physical Therapy is the first in the state of Alabama to launch the national I Can Do It, You Can Do It (ICDI) program for health promotion for individuals with disabilities.  The PT program, housed in the UAB School of Health Professions, has partnered with the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition per the recommendation and encouragement of the American Physical Therapy Association's Student Assembly.

PT ICDI 03"We are one of the few schools in the country that offers this program and we are really excited because we want to lead the way in getting more Physical Therapists interested in community health efforts," said David Morris, Ph.D., interim chair, UAB Department of Physical Therapy.  "We know everyone benefits from physical activity and making good nutrition choices but it's particularly challenging for people with disabilities."

To find out more about I Can Do It, You Can Do It and to watch a video about the program, click here...