Research Highlights

Building the evidence for practice and policy.

  • COVID-19 study published in JAMA Network Open

    A study, which included researchers Sangeetha Padalabalanarayanan and Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu as co-first authors, was published in JAMA Network Open and suggests that in the complete absence of stay-at-home orders, the United States could have seen 220 percent higher rates of infection and a 22 percent higher fatality rate than if stay-at-home orders had been implemented nationwide. Read more

  • Thirumalai awarded $1.5 million grant

    Mohanraj Thirumalai, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Health Services Administration, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. The three-year grant is part of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects funding program for AI-assisted telehealth platform for people with disabilities. Read more

  • Faculty Research Spotlight: Larry Herald

    Larry Hearld is the Director, PhD in Administration-Health Services program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Association. Read more

  • HSA Health Informaticians lead GuideSafe™ development

    Sue Feldman, Ph.D., professor and director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, is leading UAB's GuideSafe™ platform along with Mohanraj Thirumalai, Ph.D., assistant professor of health informatics in the Department of Health Services Administration. GuideSafe™ is a multitool platform encompassing the formerly announced Stay Safe TogetherTM and Testing for Alabama initiatives. Read more

  • Ria Hearld part of team honored with major prize for work with vulnerable communities in the Caribbean

    How do you get a reliable count of people who often are stigmatized and are afraid to be identified? That was the problem facing a team of researchers that included Ria Hearld, associate professor, Department of Health Services Administration, who were working to determine the population size of men who have sex with men, transgender women and female sex workers in six Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States countries. Read more

Mission and Impact

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HSA’s mission of developing leaders to shape tomorrow’s healthcare has deep roots in our research and scholarly activities. Knowledge created from our research is then used in our classrooms, to influence and shape policy and to improve healthcare practice. Our unique blend of interdisciplinary health services research brings together health administration, informatics, quality and safety, simulation and a variety of methods such as implementation, health, and data science as well as econometrics to create synergies that allow us to amplify our impact on healthcare.

Our faculty collaborate with stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum, and engage our alumni and students in practice and policy-relevant research every day. Our research focuses on solving problems today as well as producing evidence that support future studies and policy for tomorrow.

If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact Tapan Mehta, PhD, Director of Research, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-975-9171.