Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
Waters College of Health Professions


Master of Health Administration Reaccredited

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical and other health organizations who establish the standards of measurement of graduate healthcare management education. 

“CAHME accreditation has been the gold standard for verification of quality graduate educational programming in the field of health administration since 1968,” said Joseph Crosby, Ph.D., professor of health sciences and MHA program director. “The MHA program at Georgia Southern University has maintained this accreditation continuously since 2005, demonstrating its commitment to achieving the highest standards of educational quality in the field.”

Program accreditation ensures students a quality educational experience, ensures employers that graduates from Georgia Southern are well-prepared for healthcare management responsibilities and ensures accredited programs have access to the best practices and higher quality student body.Housed in the Waters College of Health Professions, the MHA degree is offered on Georgia Southern’s Armstrong and Statesboro campuses. To learn more about the MHA program, visit

Estep Named Next Generation of Campus Recreation Winner

Junior exercise science major Samantha Estep was one of eight outstanding students and the grand prize winner of the inaugural Next Generation of Campus Rec writing contest.

Estep’s article, “Work in Rec Opens Up New World of Possibilities,” was published in the April edition of Athletic Business and highlights Estep’s time working at Georgia Southern University Campus Recreation & Intramurals (CRI) and how it has shaped her into the person she is today.

Estep will receive an all-expense paid trip to Athletic Business’s annual conference held in Baltimore, Maryland, in November and was given the opportunity to participate in an Instagram takeover day on April 16, 2020.

“This recognition is important to me because it is not only about what I’ve done with CRI, but how CRI and its professional staff helped me achieve my goals. Before CRI, I didn’t know what kind of career I wanted to pursue, but working there has helped me find my passion,” stated the Canton, Georgia native.

“I chose to study at Georgia Southern because of its personal and small college feel even though it is a rather large school. I have been able to form relationships with professors who have helped me network with many other schools and businesses in Georgia and around the country.”

After graduation, Estep plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist and continue her work as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer. “Georgia Southern has prepared me for my future by challenging me in regards to my individual goals while also encouraging me to branch out in a much larger way than I ever expected.”

The Next Generation of Campus Rec program was developed by Athletic Business and NIRSA as a way to demonstrate their dedication to helping the campus recreation profession succeed.

Anderson Lands Administrative Fellowship with McLeod Health

Georgia Southern University Master of Health Administration student Ryan Anderson has accepted a nine-month administrative fellowship position with McLeod Health in Florence, South Carolina. As part of the experience, he will be working alongside and interacting with system leadership on a variety of value-adding projects across operational areas. McLeod Health is a seven-hospital system serving northeastern South Carolina. McLeod Health System includes more than 900 beds, a heart hospital, women’s and children’s hospitals, a comprehensive cancer treatment center, and is one of the largest teaching medical centers in the state of South Carolina.

Kinesiology Student Awarded Grant by I’m An Athlete to Assist with Research

First-year graduate exercise science student, Jordan Brown, was awarded a $500 grant from I’m An Athlete, an organization that supports adaptive research projects. I’m An Athlete raises and distributes funds to motivate passionate individuals who wish to conduct research on sport and physical activity outcomes in a person with disabilities.

Under the supervision of Assistant Professor Nicholas Siekirk, Ph.D., Brown’s research includes a comprehensive assessment of both motor and fitness skills with a focus on applying the latest research-based interventions specific to the needs of each child’s disability.

Brown used the awarded funds to support research on the after-school program, Super Eagles, by purchasing equipment that is housed in the Kinesiology Research Labs located on the Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus. 

Super Eagles is a program in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology’s undergraduate Exercise Science program designed to improve the physical parameters of those with physical, cognitive and sensory impairments.

“These are important goals to address as many individuals with disabilities who have atypical fitness and motor function due to limited exercise opportunities. The Super Eagles program is located in southeast, rural Georgia where opportunities are limited therefore intervention is needed. The equipment purchased will be used throughout the participants’ time in the Super Eagles program,” stated Brown.

MHA Students Awarded Scholarships

Two Master of Health Administration students, Vinh Nguyen and Ana Lanier, have been named the recipients of the Foster G. McGaw Graduate Student Scholarship for 2020.

The Foster G. McGaw Scholarship provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students studying health administration. Scholarship funds are awarded annually to all Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) full graduate and undergraduate programs. Faculty with awarded programs are then allowed to disperse the funds at their discretion to students most deserving of the recognition.

Faculty in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology graduate Health Administration program selected Nguyen and Lanier due to their overall student performance both academically and experientially. “I am beyond grateful for what the Foster G. McGaw Scholarship provides,” stated Nguyen, a Georgia native. “Being awarded this scholarship provides me with a solitary confirmation of my dedication and passion for healthcare.”

Nguyen and Lanier were both awarded $750. “This scholarship will help with any financial burdens that may arise throughout the year,” stated Lanier, the Suffolk, Virginia native. Lanier currently works as a graduate assistant for Student Wellness and Health Promotion and plans to work in hospital administration after graduation.  

Since 1975, more than 900 scholarships have been awarded. The scholarship was endowed by Foster G. McGaw, the founder of the American Hospital Supply Corporation, due to him recognizing the importance of health administration education and AUPHA’s contribution to the field.

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