SHP Strategic Plan: 2013-2019


The School of Health Professions' "Building on Strengths" Strategic Plan was initially set for 2013 - 2018. However, in 2016, when we reached or surpassed an impressive 85 percent of our goals, we developed an expanded plan to take the School through the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.

2019 and Beyond

Following this success we roar into the decade of the 20's under new leadership as Andrew J. Butler, Ph.D., FAPTA, begins his tenure as dean of the School of Health Professions. Following an initial phase of information gathering in the fall of 2019, Dr. Butler will communicate his vision and strategy for achieving the School’s mission through a new strategic plan. Please stay tuned for more exciting news ahead!

Accomplishments: 2013-2019

Below you will see a few highlights from each of our focus areas.

Focus Areas

  • Obesity & Obesity Related Diseases
    1. Implemented Nestle-UAB-Woodlawn Early Childhood Nutrition Program
    2. American Heart Association grant to study generational obesity
    3. Early Career Award to study childhood obesity
  • Healthcare Management & Leadership
    1. Launched Center for Health Organization Transformation (CHOT)
    2. Expanded leadership roles nationally and internationally
    3. Created Academy for Addressing Health Disparities through Health Care Leadership
  • Rehabilitation & Disability
    1. Major PCORI award to study exercise for people with MS
    2. NIDILRR grant to implement and study Movement-2-Music program
    3. Opening of new research facilities at Lakeshore Foundation
  • Signature Programs for Workforce Needs
    1. Develop M.S. in Biomedical Health Sciences to bolster student med/lab skills
    2. Added M.S. in Health Physics, Clinical Pathologist Assistant, and Healthcare Simulation programs
    3. Developed partnerships with HBCUs to enhance recruitment of minority students
  • Undergraduate Education
    1. Expanded Office of Student Recruitment, Engagement and Success
    2. Expanded partnerships with Health Careers Opportunity Program and HOSA Future Health Professionals (formerly Health Occupations Students of America)
    3. Added fast-track (B.S. to M.S.) graduate program enrollment options