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Academy Inaugural ClassHealth care organizations and systems need diverse leaders in order to meet the needs of increasingly diverse patient populations and communities.

In 2017, we created The UAB HSA Academy - a program dedicated to increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of students in graduate-level health leadership education programs such as management, informatics, quality and safety, and more.

Through a generous gift from the UAB Health System, participants selected for the UAB Academy will be recognized as UAB John Lewis Health Equity Scholars in honor of Alabama native and civil rights hero John Lewis.

Diverse Topics

Every year, The UAB HSA Academy features activities led by experts on topics such as:

  • Applying to Graduate School
  • Thriving in Graduate School
  • Professional Development Tips & Techniques
  • Leadership Development
  • Résumé Building; LinkedIn
  • Leadership's Role in Reducing Health Disparities

Proven Success

The UAB HSA Academy is housed in the UAB Department of Health Services Administration - home of the #1 health care management graduate program in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Since inception, The Academy has graduated 32 students. Our students have gone on to graduate school and careers in a variety of areas.

"I liked the community tour, meeting the directors of the Master's program, and learning about the anatomy of a graduate school application. What I liked most about The Academy was all the knowledge and advice along with the networking."

No Charge to Attend

There is no cost for you to join this transformational experience. The ten-week Fall experience requires student attendance on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the School of Health Professions Building (SHPB).

Application Deadline: April 26, 2024

The UAB HSA Academy is open to any outstanding sophomore or junior students. Preference is given to students who identify with underrepresented groups, are first-generation, or are from rural areas, who wish to apply and enter graduate programs in health care leadership, public health, health care quality and safety, health informatics, and other similar fields.

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Academy Aswani SquareInteract with Experts

Every year, The UAB HSA Academy introduces students to health care industry leaders who provide insights and & guidance in an intimate setting.

In the past, our attendees have learned from:

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Health Care Organization Leaders
  • Graduate Program Students and Professors
  • Graduate Program Advisors and Directors
  • Academy Alumni


Academy News

Student EJI Trip

Student EJI Trip

John Lewis Scholars

John Lewis Scholars

Academy Launches

Academy Launches


Contact For Questions

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