• Monica Aswani, HSA faculty member, earns UAB Rising Star Award

    Monica Aswani, DrPH, assistant professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration, will receive a UAB National Alumni Society (NAS) Young Alumni Rising Star Award at a ceremony on September 19, 2019, at the UAB Alumni House.

  • UAB’s Feldman, Menear complete Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Institute

    Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, Ph.D., Director, UAB School of Health Professions’ Graduate Programs in Health Informatics, completed the 2019 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) is a leadership development and research organization dedicated to women in higher education.

  • Jessica Williams named Health Services Administration’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Jessica H. Williams, Ph.D., a researcher and associate professor in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration, has been named the department’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

  • Sister Almeda Golson, 1st and only UAB MSHA alumna nun, remembered

    On August 17, 2019, Sister Almeda Golson, the first and only nun to graduate from the UAB School of Health ProfessionsMaster of Science in Health Administration program, passed away in Evansville, Indiana.

    “I really liked her as a student and we had many long conversations while she was on campus and in her early years as an administrator when she was known statewide as an outspoken health care leader,” said Howard W. Houser, Ph.D., who taught Sister Almeda in the ‘70s and is now a professor emeritus with the UAB Department of Health Services Administration.

    Sister Almeda, a member of MSHA Class 11, earned what was then an M.S. in Hospital and Health Administration in 1977. In 1985, after working in Evansville and Montgomery, she was named administrator of St. Vincent Hospital in Birmingham where she served for two years. Following stints in Montgomery and Nashville, Sister Almeda returned to St. Vincent’s in 1995 and was full-time board chair until 2008.

  • Christopher Cullom, MSHA alumnus, named president of Mercy Catholic Medical Center

    Mercy Catholic Medical Center announces Christopher Cullom, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions’ M.S. in Health Administration program (Class 42), as president effective August 12, 2019. He will oversee MCMC – Mercy Fitzgerald Campus and MCMC – Mercy Philadelphia Campus. Mercy Catholic Medical Center is part of Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic.

  • HCM student Enyo Kpomblekou-Ademawou named graduation speaker

    Enyonam “Enyo” J. Kpomblekou-Ademawou, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management in the pre-professional track from the School of Health Professions is announced as the speaker for UAB's undergraduate ceremony. Kpomblekou-Ademawou has earned presidential and dean’s list honors. 

  • Mehta named Research Director for Health Services Administration

    Tapan Mehta, Ph.D., a scientist with appointments in UAB’s Diabetes Research Center and Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC), has been named director of research for the Department of Health Services Administration.

  • UAB Healthcare Quality & Safety program among 1st to earn CAHME certification

    The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) approved certification of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Graduate Program in Healthcare Quality & Safety. The UAB HQS program, housed in the School of Health Professions, is one of only four programs nationally to earn the initial certification.

    “CAHME certification demonstrates our program’s commitment to excellence in educating healthcare quality and safety professionals,” said Allyson Hall, Ph.D., director of UAB’s HQS program and professor in Health Services Administration.

    The certification of UAB HQS and the other three programs, represents an important milestone in an almost three-year process. In 2016, David Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health approached CAHME about the idea of offering certification—and ultimately accreditation—for healthcare quality and safety education. Nash then joined with Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair of the UAB Department of Health Services Administration to accelerate the process.

    CAHME CertifiedA 2017 summit with 20 attendees, plus a survey of programs, demonstrated strong interest that led to a task force of academics from Healthcare Quality & Safety programs across North America designated as Founding Members. Of those 10 programs, only four applied for and passed the initial certification vote.

    “We recognized the need for national standards, a defined set of competencies, and a collaborative effort to lead this emerging and important new part of the health care field,” said Lemak who also teaches and conducts research in the areas of health care management and leadership development. “Being a part of this initial group of programs is what UAB is all about – leading for better care for patients and communities around the world.”

    For programs to earn certification, they must follow the Board approved standards and pass an independent application review by leading academics, practitioners in quality and safety, CAHME Board members, and staff from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

    CAHME is the only organization recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education.

    “CAHME certification and (eventual) accreditation of HQS instruction broadens our ability to fulfill our mission of improving the quality of healthcare management education, both in North America and globally,” said Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME. “We are grateful to the many academic and industry leaders who have worked so hard to achieve this important milestone.”

  • Kung’s community efforts lead to decreases in drug/substance use in rural Alabama's middle school students

    Michelle Kung, a second-year student in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Administration-Health Services program, recently completed the year-long Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and results from her work with middle school students in Alabama show decreases in students’ misuse of prescription medications, and their use of cigarettes, vape and alcohol.

  • UAB Health Informatics students sweep AL HIMSS scholarship awards

    The Alabama Chapter of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (Alabama HIMSS) delivered four merit scholarships in 2019 – all four scholarships were awarded to students in the UAB School of Health Professions’ Graduate Programs in Health Informatics.

  • MSHI alumna Theresa Meadows on most powerful women in healthcare IT list

    Theresa Meadows, alumna of the UAB School of Health Professions’ M.S. in Health Informatics program (MSHI, 1998), has been named to Health Data Management’s (HDM) Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT for the second straight year.

  • Butler named dean of UAB School of Health Professions

     The University of Alabama at Birmingham has named Andrew J. Butler, MPT, MBA, Ph.D., dean of the UAB School of Health Professions following a national search.

  • UAB MSHA program new #1 in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

    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. Housed in the School of Health Professions’ Department of Health Services Administration, the MSHA program 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.

  • Slovensky to be interim dean of Health Professions

    Donna Slovensky, Ph.D., professor and senior associate dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs in the School of Health Professions, will become the interim dean of the school April 1, when Dean Harold Jones will officially retire after a distinguished career of 18 years in that role.

  • Kidada Hawkins on list of African American leaders in healthcare

    Kidada Hawkins, FACHE, alumnus of the UAB School of Health Professions’ Master of Science in Health Administration program is on Becker’s Hospital Review list of African American leaders in healthcare 2019. Hawkins, a member of MSHA Class 41 and a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, was named Chief Operating Officer of the 505-bed Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham in 2018.

  • Doctorre McDade wins UAB-wide Say It In 6 contest

    Doctorre McDade, a member of the first cohort in the School of Health Professions’ new Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation program, wins the Student Division of the UAB Graduate School’s Say it In 6 competition. The photo – to the right – included the six words: “I’m too blessed to be stressed.”

  • MSHA program wins national CAHME award

    The Master of Science in Health Administration program at the UAB School of Health Professions has been acknowledged for excellence by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education as the winner of the 2019 CAHME/Baylor Scott and White Health Award for Excellence in Quality Improvement Education.

  • Faculty member Soumya Niranjan wins Bailey Award from Cancer Center

    Soumya 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.

  • HCM Students Experience History with the Future in Mind

    During the fall semester 2018, ten students from the UAB School of Health Professions’ Health Care Management (HCM) program visited Brookdale University Park, a luxury senior living community, multiple times. What began as a learning experience for students to better understand the long-term care structure, soon turned into so much more.

  • First-hand lessons from Las Vegas, Hurricane Harvey teach MSHA students disaster prep

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