"The Executive MSHA program at UAB develops and instills higher-level understanding of complex health issues, financing, and systems of care. This level of understanding is critical to those who will lead health care organizations and seek to change health care for the betterment of our neighbors and patients. New skills and knowledge acquisition are augmented at UAB by the classes having physicians, administrators, nurses, and allied health professionals discussing differing viewpoints together. The program’s value is first and foremost due to its delivery of high quality learning and secondarily due to the physician and executive friendly schedule of classes."
Michael S. O'Dell, MD, MSHA, FAAFP
Director, Family Medicine Residency Practice
North Mississippi Medical Center
Class of 2005
"My career in healthcare has been a rewarding one filled with great learning experiences through opportunities that allowed me to be part of several start-up ventures that were challenging, time-consuming and professionally gratifying. However, those roles and a need for balance with career, family and community caused me to continue to postpone returning to school for the formal Masters until now.
The Executive MSHA is an excellent choice for the healthcare administrator who finds themselves mid-career with a desire for further growth. This program provides a fine-tuning of health care theory through challenging professors, the professionalism of like-minded, goal-oriented fellow students, and the structure of the program which is tailored to today’s working professional that needs a current practical approach to today’s health care issues."
Nan M. Priest
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
St. Vincent's Health System
Class of 2004
"Our organization was looking for not only a program that would meet our need for management development and management succession but a program geared toward the working executive as well. The UAB MSHA program has met both needs."
J. Rodger Brown
Vice President of Human Resources
North Mississippi Health Services
Class of 2002
"The Executive MSHA program has been very accommodating in my need to continue full-time employment over this 2 year period. I also found the faculty and staff to offer an in-depth knowledge of the healthcare system, as well as being tremendous advocates with my career direction and options."
Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Class of 2002
"The Executive MSHA program at UAB offers professional students exposure to world famous and highly qualified professors in a distance learning format. Academic assignments are designed to allow students to manage careers, school, and family life."
Irby Hunter, MD
Chief Operating Officer
St. Luke Primary Care
Class of 2002
"The educational and professional value received from my investment in the Executive MSHA program exceeded my expectations. Superior instructors, high quality facilities, and a student-friendly environment all contributed to an enjoyable learning experience."
"The program was challenging and demanding yet the flexibility of well-structured on-campus instruction with computer based learning allowed time to successfully achieve my educational goals within the constraints of the other professional and personal demands on my time."
"The experience, knowledge, and perspectives contributed by classmates with diverse backgrounds greatly enhanced my learning experience."
Liz Prosch, RN, NHA
Center for Palliative Medicine/UAB Hospice
Class of 2002
"The learning format of UAB’s Executive MSHA program has provided me the opportunity to complete an advanced degree, utilizing study hours convenient to my work/life study schedule, unlike typical executive weekend programs offered by many universities." "The Executive MSHA program has allowed me the opportunity to learn with other professionals, providing me with a deep insight that I would not have experienced in a traditional format."
Beth Keyser, CHES
Director of Client Services
Gordian Health Solutions, Inc.
Class of 2003
"One of the strongest points of the Executive Program, as far as physicians are concerned, is the presence and participation of non-physicians. This provides doctors with a real view of the current health care environment versus the usual slant one gets in "doctor only" programs. The amount of learning from others in the program is tremendous. The program is rigorous, and like anything in education and life, one gets back in proportion to what one puts in. You should be prepared to put in every bit of the fifteen hours of work per week at home that the program suggests at the outset."
Kenneth J. Wool, M.D.
Southeastern Cardiology Consultants, P.C.
"I really enjoy the experience and diversity of the students. I learn a great deal from the students and have gained a new appreciation for the importance their various disciplines represent."
Leigh S. Hamby, M.D.
National VA Quality Scholar
VA Medical Center
White River Junction, Vermont
"The Executive Program has allowed me to maintain my competitive edge in the industry. The innovative program of combining on-campus and internet classrooms made it possible for me to maintain a very busy business schedule, while allowing me to pursue my educational goals."
Jack P. Hausen
Senior Professional Healthcare Consultant
Pfizer Labs Division, Southeastern Region