Academic & Research Units

Professional programs housed within the College of Health share a common interest in issues that impact the development, health, and well being of individuals and communities. The instructional, service, and scholarship efforts of the faculty in the various curricula are enhanced and supported by collaborative research and service activities in the various organizations.

Together, through multi-disciplinary approaches, the schools, departments, centers, and institutes take direct action to address the needs and potentials of Alaska's peoples and communities.

There are sixteen academic and research units that comprise the College of Health. Visit their individual webpages (listed below) for details.

  • Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce

    Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce

    The Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce (ACRHHW) was created by rural health care providers, educators, and administrators to help strengthen systems to deliver comprehensive and culturally relevant health care to rural Alaskans.

    Visit the Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce website.

    Alaska Health Workforce Coalition

    Purpose: To improve Alaskans’ health, one graduate at a time, by guiding the considered development of health programs in support of University of Alaska’s colleges and campuses and providing an interactive bridge between external and internal stakeholders.

    Visit the Office of Health Programs Development website.

    Alaska's AHEC Program

    In 2005, ACRH secured a federal designation through the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) to serve as Alaska's Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The AHEC established a statewide university-industry partnership focused on strengthening, diversifying and improving distribution of our health workforce.

    Visit the Alaska Area Health Education Center's website. 

  • Center for Human Development (CHD)

    Center for Human Development

    The Center for Human Development (CHD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (University Centers, UCEDDs) authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. There are 67 UCEDDs, at least one in every state and territory. Since CHD is the only UCEDD in Alaska, we serve the entire state. 

    The Center for Human Development has 4 major functions: interdisciplinary education, community training and technical assistance, research, and information dissemination. These activities are designed to increase the independence, productivity, and community integration and inclusion of individuals with disabilities. CHD’s projects and activities are not limited to developmental disabilities; they focus on a wide range of disabilities, ages, and issues.  

    Visit the Center for Human Development website.

  • Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER)

    Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER)

    The Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) is committed to excellence in offering courses within the discipline of physical education and related disciplines.

    Professional programs prepare students for leadership roles in health, physical education and recreation fields.The department also offers a variety of courses for students from other fields who wish to learn new physical skills and/or develop personal wellness.

    Visit the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation website

  • Department of Health Sciences 

    Department of Health Sciences

    The Department of Health Sciences at UAA prepares professionals at several levels and offers an undergraduate program (BSHS), a MEDEX/Physician Assistant graduate program, and an MPH graduate program. Graduates plan, implement, and evaluate health services and work to protect and promote the health status of communities.

    The mission of the Department of Health Sciences is to advance health sciences through the educational opportunities of academic training, research, and community service in order to improve the well-being of the diverse peoples of Alaska and the circumpolar north.

    Visit the Department of Health Sciences website.

  • Department of Human Services

    Department of Human Services

    The Department of Human Services mission is "to prepare Human Service generalists through a competency based, community oriented program encompassing classroom and practical learning opportunities."

    The Department offers both an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Human Services, preparing students for entry level employment, and a Bachelor of Human Services (BHS) practitioners degree which prepares students to work effectively in any community based human services setting dedicated to the empowerment of clients through education, paraprofessional counseling, and human service practice. The AAS is articulated with the baccalaureate degree in a "two plus two" sequence.

    Visit the Department of Human Services website.

  • Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies

    Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies

    The Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies was created by the Alaska State Legislature in 1988 (AS 14.40.088) to develop new solutions to health problems in Alaska and the north. The Institute provides support and coordination for health research, information, and training. Working closely with faculty throughout the University of Alaska system, ICHS provides technical assistance and support to increase the capacity within the state to address the health needs of all Alaskans. ICHS also encourages student involvement through academic course work, internships, and research assistantships.

    Visit the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies website.

  • Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center

    Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center

    The Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center includes three high-fidelity simulation patient rooms equipped with a variety of VitalSims (med-fidelity), Noelle birthing simulator, SimMan 3G, and SimBaby (high-fidelity) mannequins. These labs are installed with pan-tilt-zoom video cameras, microphones, intercoms, and control center with advanced video systems for mannequin operation, audio/video recording, patient-student event log, and live-streaming application. This set up provides a debriefing and reflection tool used by instructors for student assessment and critique.

    Visit the Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center website.

  • Justice Center

    Justice Center

    The Justice Center was established by the Alaska Legislature in 1975 with a mandate to provide state-wide justice-related education, research, and service. We offer academic courses and degrees in Justice and in Legal Studies.  Research areas include crime, law, violence against women, substance abuse, rural justice issues, homelessness, and juvenile justice. The Alaska Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) and the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) are housed in the Justice Center.

    Visit the Justice Center website.

  • National Resource Center for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Elders

    National Resource Center for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Elders

    In 2003, the UAA College of Health received a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) to develop a National Resource Center for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Elders. The goals of this project are to:

    • Assess the current status of Native Elders in Alaska,
    • Develop an understanding of the cultural values that drive expectations and perceived needs for care,
    • Document "best, promising and emerging practices" that are in current use,
    • Solicit recommendations for community responses to elder abuse, exploitation and violence that are appropriate to Alaska Native cultures, and 
    • Provide education to medical providers.

    Visit the National Resource Center for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian Elders website.

  • Occupational Therapy Program

    Occupational Therapy Program

    The Creighton University (CU)-UAA Occupational Therapy initiative admits up to 12 students each fall term to the professional entry-level occupational therapy program. This program includes asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning in a unique hybrid model. Students have classes in both a traditional and distance format with labs being held on the campus of UAA.

    Visit the Occupational Therapy Program website.

  • Pharmacy


    The UAA/ISU Doctor of Pharmacy program is a collaborative program between University of Alaska Anchorage and the Idaho State University College of Pharmacy.  Students attend class on UAA campus, earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) without leaving the state.  The on-site faculty and staff utilize state of the art technology to deliver a synchronous learning experience with live instruction between three equivalent campuses.

    Visit the Pharmacy Program website.

  • Physical Therapy Program

    Physical Therapy

    UAA is investigating a collaborative arrangement with another university to provide a Physical Therapy Program in Anchorage. Right now we are in the early stages and do not have an agreement with any particular university.

    Visit the Physical Therapy Program website.

  • School of Allied Health

    School of Allied Health

    The School of Allied Health is home to training programs and facilities for allied health professionals. Allied health programs are specifically designed to prepare graduates for work in rewarding careers in Alaska's rapidly growing health care industry. In addition to instruction by allied health professionals, most programs provide experiential education with students working alongside health professionals in real-work situations.

    Visit the School of Allied Health website.

  • School of Nursing

    School of Nursing

    The UAA School of Nursing offers nursing programs at several levels. There are special options for LPNs to earn an AAS degree and become a Registered Nurse. Professional nursing (preparation for being a Registered Nurse) is offered at the Baccalaureate and Associate degree levels.

    The Associate Degree (AAS) prepares graduates for practice in structured care settings such as hospitals. AAS graduates may also choose to advance their career through the baccalaureate completion program. The Baccalaureate program (BS) prepares graduates to practice in structured and unstructured settings (e.g. public health). Baccalaureate graduates are eligible to apply for graduate study in one of five specialty options offered at UAA. The options are: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Community Health, and Nursing Administration.

    Visit the School of Nursing website.

  • School of Social Work

    School of Social Work

    The School of Social Work prides itself on an impeccable academic and professional reputation as well as a dedication and strong commitment to supporting the student population. Social work is a profession committed to assisting individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities and society as a whole in the improvement of the quality of life through the amelioration of social problems, equitable distribution of social resources, and client empowerment.

    Visit the School of Social Work website.

  • WWAMI School of Medical Education

    WWAMI School of Medical Education

    WWAMI is a collaborative medical school among universities in five northwestern states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho and the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    The Alaska WWAMI Program began at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (as WAMI) in 1971. The program moved to the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1989. Historically, ten Alaska residents were admitted to the Alaska WWAMI program each year. However, through the combined efforts of the Alaska WWAMI Program, the University of Alaska, and the Alaska legislature, the Alaska WWAMI class size has been doubled.

    Visit the WWAMI website.

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