The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program is now the highest-ranked program in the nation according to the latest  U.S. News & World Report rankings. Since 2015, the MSHA has been the highest-ranking program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

The MSHA program, housed in the School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration, achieved an overall score of 4.5, two-tenths of a point ahead of the second ranked program in the category of Best Grad Schools in Health Care Management.

PhD Students Participate in Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) Research

CHOT ResearchersRobert Weech-Maldonado, PhD students Neeraj Puro and Reena Joseph, and postdoctoral fellow, Ganisher Davlyatov (PhD, 2018), presented updates of our current research projects at the NSF Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT) 2018 Fall Industry Advisory Board (IAB) meeting in McLean, Virginia.

The students provided an oral presentation titled “Using Socioeconomic and Sociodemographic variables in the Electronic Health Record to Predict Risk of Repeated Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Use” and three posters:

  • Use of Technology in the Management of Obesity: A Literature Review
  • Socio-Demographic Predictors of Hospital Readmissions in Individuals with Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
  • Identifying Predictors of Hospital Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection

Ken Cochran (DSc, 2015), CEO of Opelousas General Health System and a UAB CHOT Industry Partner, also attended the IAB Meeting.

Thad Phillips, MSHA/MSHI alumnus, named Rising Star in Healthcare IT

Thad PhillipsThad Phillips, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions’ M.S. in Health Administration (MSHA Class 33) program as well as the M.S. in Health Informatics (MSHI 2003) program, has been named to Health Data Management’s “30 Rising Stars in Healthcare IT”.

The publication says “a new wave of younger healthcare IT executives are rising up to take on leadership roles in the industry” and Phillips is part of the group they say “are likely to guide the industry over the next 10 to 20 years.”

Soumya NiranjanSoumya Niranjan, BPharm, MS, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, is the winner of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s William C. Bailey Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Control Research.

Shugarts Willis CendomaShugarts, Willis, and CendomaHospital leaders from Las Vegas, Houston, and Chattanooga highlighted the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration’s (MSHA) inaugural Disaster Preparedness Week delivering first-hand crisis lessons.

Phil Cendoma, alumnus of MSHA Class 47, was the administrator on call at a Las Vegas area hospital on October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers killing 59 people.

Tyler Shugarts, alumnus of MSHA Class 50, was an administrative resident for Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in Chattanooga on November 21, 2016, when a school bus crash killed six children.

Kate Willis, alumna of MSHA Class 49, was a director of operations at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital when Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in August 2017 and they had to evacuate 73 patients, including six newborn babies.