Every year the Department of Health Services Administration hosts numerous annual events for students, alumni and supporters. Many of the events are supported through endowments.

To learn more about how you can support current or future programs please contact Katie Adams at 205-996-5469 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Save the Date

    September 25 - 27, 2019

    The annual Preceptors' Conference kicks off the administrative residency search process for UAB MSHA students. It provides a unique three-day opportunity for preceptors, students, alumni and faculty to network.

    Day one includes a Preceptors' Reception where second year students, faculty and alumni network in a casual setting with preceptors from across the United States.

    Day two the intensity picks up with an all-day Roundtable event. Designed like speed dating, each student spends six minutes at a Preceptors' table answering and asking questions. More than 31 MSHA students and 40 organizations participated at the 2018 event.

    At the end of this day, the preceptors and students each submit their top interests. A sophisticated computer system matches the preceptors and students for longer format interviews on Friday. On that day, students have 6-12, 25-minute interviews with preceptors in an effort to gain an on-site interview for an administrative residency.

    Preceptors' Conference attendees posing.
  • Save the Date

    February 13, 2018

    The Van Zile Scott Lecture was endowed by a gift to the University of Alabama at Birmingham from Dr. and Mrs. Edward Van Zile Scott. The lecture enables the Department to bring outstanding speakers to campus who represent health services research and health administration practice.

    Past Van Zile Scott Lecturers

  • Save the Date

    February 26 – 28, 2020

    The UAB Health Administration Case Competition provides graduate students from CAHME-accredited programs an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice with a real-life, real-time case. It is designed to be a capstone experience for graduate students across the United States and Canada.

    Graduate student teams travel to Birmingham, Alabama every year to present on their recommendations before a national panel of judges. The first, second, and third place teams receive cash awards at the final ceremony.

    University of Minnesota won the 13th Annual Health Administration Case Competition. Finishing second in 2019 was University of Alabama at Birmingham and placing third was Rush University.

    The 14th Annual UAB Health Administration Case Competition will be held February 26 – 28, 2020 at the Birmingham Sheraton with convenient access to Birmingham’s Uptown area and Entertainment District.. Detailed information and schedule will be sent to CAHME Program Directors in October.

  • MSHA Classic winners holding check.

    Every year, our Residential Master of Science in Health Administration students host the MSHA Classic. Traditionally it is held in Birmingham, Alabama. Learn about the next event at the MSHA Classic website.

    In addition to being a wonderful day of networking, the event provides leadership opportunities for our students and a chance for all of us to give back to our students as well as to our greater Birmingham community.

    Scholarships

    The main purpose of the MSHA Classic is to provide a scholarship fund for students who are interested in attending healthcare conferences for professional development and networking opportunities, such as the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Conference, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and the National Symposium for Healthcare Executives.

    Philanthropy

    In addition to providing a scholarship fund, the MSHA Classic also supports a local philanthropy each year. The host Class chooses a group making an impact in our area. In the past, they have supported Christ Health Center, M-POWER Ministries and Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center.

    We hope you will consider participating in our tournament, donating to our fund or sponsoring this event. We sincerely appreciate your consideration and your efforts and look forward to our next successful tournament in the Spring.

  • Save the Date

    November 7, 2019

    Cathy K. Eddy and Debbie Zimmerman:
    "Provider-Sponsored Health Plans: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?"

    Part of the UAB National Symposium
    for Healthcare Executives

    L. R. (Rush) Jordan had a distinguished career as a healthcare executive and educator. His vision and leadership fundamentally changed the healthcare delivery system.

    From 1987 – 2002, Jordan served as professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and provided residency/fellowship opportunities for UAB students. When he retired from UAB, the L.R. Jordan Distinguished Lecture Series was established to sustain his legacy of integrating healthcare practitioners into the classroom. This lecture series brings prominent health care leaders to the UAB campus.

    In addition to his service to the UAB Department of Health Services Administration, he led the transformation process for numerous healthcare organizations including Duke University Medical Center, Birmingham Baptist Hospitals, Ochsner Clinics and Foundation, Shands at the University of Florida, and Miami Valley Hospital. He contributed significantly to health administration education by serving as Chair of the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.

    Jordan's vision for improving the coordination and delivery of health care was evident by being one of the founding members of the Voluntary Hospitals of America. He was an exemplary mentor to hundreds of students who have become today’s senior healthcare executives. And in this capacity, he played a significant role in developing many men and women into leaders who have made important contributions to management of the health services delivery system.

    When he retired from active practice in 1987, his friends and colleagues honored him by establishing the L. R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Services Administration at UAB, one of the first endowed chairs in the country to be named for a practicing healthcare executive.

    For his tremendous contributions to the field of health administration, Rush Jordan was inducted into Modern Healthcare’s Health Care Hall of Fame in 2000.

  • Save the Date

    January 24-25, 2020
    UAB School of Health Professions Building

    Birmingham's first health care hackathon is back and bigger than ever in 2020! This two-day team competition is designed to solve the biggest health care crises facing Alabama.

    Everyone will register as an individual and will then be randomly assigned to a team the day of the event. This will create maximum inter-professional collaboration, true teamwork and unique ideas.

    For more information, please contact Randa Hall, associate chair for external relations & alumni affairs, Department of Health Services Administration, at 205-532-6490 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


    Preceptors' Conference attendees posing.