- UAB is a forty-year-old comprehensive, urban university and medical center that encompasses 83 city blocks and has a student enrollment of more than 16,800 from more than 70 countries around the globe.
- UAB's School of Health Professions, home to the Department of Health Services Administration, is one of the largest of its type in the United States both in terms of enrollment and academic programs offered. It consistently leads the nation in research funding received by schools of health professions.
- The HSA Department has been a leader in doctoral education for more than thrity years and in executive education for more than ten years.
- The HSA Department includes five top-ranked programs as well as a variety of continuing education opportunity for health care executives.
- Several of the Department's programs are the only one of their kind in the state, first of their kind in the nation, and ranked in the top ten in the nation.
- HSA's graduates are some of the most accomplished and respected healthcare administrators, leaders and researchers in the field.
A Reputation Built on Experience
The Department of Health Services Administration (HSA) in the UAB School of Health Professions seeks to improve the practice of health administration by developing and sharing knowledge about organizing, financing, and delivering effective and efficient health services. For more than forty years, the HSA department has demonstrated the ability to train effective, successful senior health care executives. UAB remains on the cutting edge of meeting growing demands of the health services administration field in large part due to the talent, innovation, and experience of our faculty members. Our thirty faculty offer expertise in all aspects of the health care delivery system and have shared their knowledge nationally through leadership in professional organizations and internationally in countries including Italy, China, the Ukraine, Armenia, Peru and Georgia. As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, so does the way in which the HSA Department prepares the nation’s healthcare leaders.
The HSA department offers health administration programs at the bachelor's (BS in Health Sciences), master's (MSHA) and doctoral (PhD and DSc) degree levels, in addition to a bachelor of science in health information management and a master of science in health informatics. The Master of Science in Health Administration program is the department's oldest program and has always been ranked among the top 10 programs of its kind by US News and World Report. In the publication’s most recent survey of health administration graduate programs in 2011, the MSHA program was ranked 7th in the nation.
A Leader in Healthcare Education, Research and Practice
UAB is home to a large graduate school, a world-renowned health care complex and more than 80 interdisciplinary research centers focusing on such diverse issues as AIDS vaccines, aging, cancer, and obesity to the environment, urban affairs and telecommunications.
Eight of the university's nine schools are devoted either wholly or partially to training the current and future providers and leaders in healthcare.
The School of Health Professions is consistently first or second in research funding received from the National Institutes of Health for schools of its type, and has been since the school's inception in 1969.
UAB Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for 18 consecutive years and currently has 11 specialty programs in the Top 50.