cahiim accredited sealThe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program is one of only 11 Health Informatics (HI) programs in the U.S. accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). Accreditation through CAHIIM is the highest achievable education and curriculum standard available for MSHI programs.

The CAHIIM accreditors noted strengths of a well-connected program director and advisory board. They also pointed out the program’s relationships with a diverse number of programs within the department and with the world-renowned UAB Health System and School of Medicine.

“Accreditation is an important and significant undertaking,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, UAB Department of Health Services Administration. “We are thrilled that the hard work and determination of the faculty and staff in the MSHI Program have been rewarded with this milestone.”

University of Alabama at BirminghamHIMSS Winning Team All Three MembersCandis Riggs, Jeffrey DeGarmo and Jason Bains students Jason Bains, Jeffrey DeGarmo and Candis Riggs placed third in the inaugural Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Student Case Competition. All three students are first-year students in the School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Informatics program.

HIMSS designed the competition for teams to demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the broad knowledge that encompasses health information technology. Every team received a HIMSS-supplied case study to analyze and asked to “design the future” of transformative care.

The Bains-DeGarmo-Riggs team provided suggestions on the future state of health information technology for the organization, why those changes need to occur, and they provided insights into how to achieve the goal of future organization success.

Williams serving in Key WestWilliams serving in Key WestRodgerick Williams, alumnus of the Department of Health Services Administration’s Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management program and Master of Science in Health Administration (Executive), is the winner of the 2017 UAB School of Health Professions’ Alumni Service Award.

The award is given annually to SHP alumni who demonstrate continuing extraordinary service. Williams has done this regularly to UAB as well as the local, state and national level.

“Service is essential to health care leadership and Rodgerick exemplifies service in everything he does,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair, Department of Health Services Administration. “He is a great role model for current and future students.”


Modern Healthcare GraphicIn crafting Modern Healthcare’s cover story “Racism still a problem in healthcare’s C-suite”, reporter Shelby Livingston spent almost two hours speaking with a diverse group of students from the UAB School of Health ProfessionsExecutive Master of Science in Health Administration program.

The conversation between Livingston and the students who are working as clinicians and leaders in health care from around the country was open and lively, but most of all – it was honest. The students spoke without fear about their personal experiences, in part because they have spent time together in UAB’s cohort model of executive graduate education in health administration and have been learning about leadership together.

“Diversity and inclusion – in particular, assessing our biases and having difficult, often uncomfortable conversations about topics such as race are essential for leaders in health care today,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Services Administration and instructor for the leadership course the students were taking when the Modern Healthcare reporter visited. “This year, the conversation was particularly emotional - for the students of color and other students who realized for the first time the barriers some of their classmates face every day.”

bill featheringillWilliam W. Featheringill, a key contributor to Birmingham’s ascent as an internationally recognized center for health care, has been honored by one of his former companies with a UAB scholarship in his name.

The William W. Featheringill Scholarship in Health Informatics, established by his daughter Elizabeth Pharo, was endowed by SuccessEHS to honor Featheringill’s legacy as a visionary in health informatics.The endowment will support students in the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Informatics program.

“My dad and I always thought it was unreal to have a school in Birmingham with the perfect graduates for our business and for years we relied on the UAB MSHI program graduates to fill positions with highly trained people that could help us be first to market with new health IT products,” said Elizabeth Pharo, daughter of William Featheringill and chair of Momentum Telecom. “I knew he would want to give back to the place that provided us people like Tiffani Collins – who is the solutions director at PointClear Solutions – and so many others that were perfect for the support we needed and who were a match for our company mission.”