Healthcare Simulation

Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation

Degree Offered: M.S.
Program Director: Michelle Brown, PhD
Phone: (205) 975-1376

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation guides students through the fundamentals of healthcare simulation as a tool for innovative education, training, research, and quality improvement. This 18-month program includes courses affiliated with our nationally ranked healthcare administration program. It will prepare graduates to become managers and leaders in the field of healthcare simulation. The program has both didactic and experiential components encompassing simulation methodology, teamwork and communication, and clinical quality improvement. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include eligibility for admission to the UAB Graduate School.  Experience in the healthcare industry or a related field is preferred.  Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university or from a recognized university abroad, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in coursework. 

Additional requirements include submission of a personal statement regarding interest in the program, three letters of recommendation, prior completion of a basic statistics course, and healthcare terminology (if undergraduate degree is not in a health-related field).   

Requirement Fulfilled By:
Deadline for Entry Term(s): Fall
Deadline for All Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office: August 1st
Entrance Tests: The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE) for international applicants from non-English speaking countries
Number of Recommendation Letters Required: Three
Comments: Transcript evaluation by WES is required for applicants with foreign university degrees

Contact Information

For detailed information, contact the Department of Health Services Administration, Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation Program, UAB School of Health Professions, SHPB 560. Physical address: 1716 9th Avenue South.  Mailing address: 1720 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294
Telephone 205-934-3509
Fax 205-975-6608
E-mail here

Master of Science in Healthcare Simulation

The MSHS program consists of a total of 33 semester hours.  Twenty-seven semester hours are considered required core courses.  The remaining 6 semester hours are elective courses chosen based on student interest and program director approval.

The MSHS program allows students to earn only two grades of “C”.  Upon earning a third grade of “C,” the student will be dismissed from the program.  Any grade of “D” or below in any course will result in dismissal from the program. 

HCS 575Introduction to Healthcare Simulation for Quality and Safety2
HCS 620Current Trends in Simulation3
HCS 625Simulation Methodology3
HCS 626Healthcare Simulation Laboratory1
HCS 640Project Management 2
HCS 698Simulation Capstone/Non-thesis Research4
HQS 600Introduction to Clinical Quality Improvement4
HA 620Healthcare Financial Management I3
HA 650Management and Leadership Skills for Clinical Professionals2
IDD 610Instructional Design 3
Select 6 hours of elective coursework approved by the program director. 16
Total Hours33

Students must take a minimum of 6 semester hours of elective courses.  Program director approval is required for all elective courses