About the MSHA Program:


Founded in 1965, UAB’s Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program enjoys an excellent reputation, both regionally and nationally, and is ranked #2 in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

“The ranking is an acknowledgement of our commitment to provide an outstanding learning experience that includes excellent education, practice-relevant scholarly activity, and engaged alumni,” said Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Services Administration.

“It means so much to the department because it is recognition from our peers and because it highlights a legacy of excellence that began 50 years ago.” - Christy Harris Lemak, Ph.D.

The MSHA Program prepares students to assume executive leadership positions in a broad range of health services organizations, including hospitals, health systems, physician group practices, health maintenance organizations, long-term care facilities, consulting firms, and insurance companies.

2019 Golf Classic Officers

MSHA Golf Classic President

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Matt Lutz

Matt Lutz was born and raised in northern Arizona and moved to Texas as an adult where he met Shanae his wife in 2012. While studying at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Matt found a passion for healthcare during discussion and experiences under a mentor. As President of the MSHA Golf Classic, Matt is responsible for providing direction and assistance to the other officers to ensure that the event is a success. Matt thoroughly enjoys all of the networking opportunities the MSHA program affords him as well as his friendships with his fellow classmates.

Phone Number: (512) 632 - 9633

Email: mattlutz@uab.edu

vice president of sponsorship

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Daniel Pridgen

Daniel Pridgen hails from the Classic City of Athens, Georgia where the Dawgs tee-it-up between the hedges every Fall. Daniel studied Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia, and for the last three years worked in strategy and new business for an Atlanta technology firm. As Vice President of Sponsorships, Daniel is responsible for sponsorship development and sponsor relations for the MSHA Golf Classic.

Phone Number: (404) 801 - 7838

Email: dpridgen@uab.edu

Vice President of logistics


Helena rivera

Helena Rivera is from Pensacola, Florida, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Florida. Helena is currently pursuing both her Masters in Health Administration and her Masters in Business Administration at UAB. As the VP of Logistics for the MSHA Golf Classic, Helena is responsible for ensuring that the day of the Golf Classic and all related events and tasks run smoothly.

Phone Number: (850) 292 - 4430

Email: hrivera8@uab.edu

Vice President of Marketing

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SAm Brunson

Sam Brunson was born and raised in Savannah, GA and attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) where he majored in Management Information Systems. Growing up, Sam always knew he wanted to work in some kind of healthcare field and discovered a passion for healthcare administration. As Vice President of Marketing, Sam is in charge of developing promotional content, branding material, the website, and promoting the golf classic.

Phone Number: (912) 414 - 4901

Email: sgb@uab.edu