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College of Health Departments & Research Units
College of Health Departments and Centers
All College of Health departments and centers share a common vision and mission. Our world-class faculty focus their instruction and research on the health and well being of individuals and the global community. Enhanced and supported by collaborative research environment, College of Health students experience opportunities in undergraduate and graduate research, and train using cutting edge equipment.
The College of Health's multi-disciplinary approach directly impacts policy and practice in Alaska to address some of our state's most challenging issues.
There are sixteen academic and research units that comprise the College of Health.
- 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.
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.
Alaska's AHEC Program
In 2005, ACRH secured a federal designation through the Health Resources and Services 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.
- 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.
- Child Welfare Academy
The Child Welfare Academy (CWA) is located within the School of Social work, and provides training and technical assistance to the State of Alaska Office of Children's Services. CWA also contracts with other organizations, as requested, to provide a variety of training and facilitation needs in the area of child welfare.
- Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation
The Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation (HPER) is committed to excellence in offering courses in kinesiology, recreation, 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.
- 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.
- Division of Population Health Sciences
The Division 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 Division of Population 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Justice Information Center (AJiC), which serves as Alaska's designated statistical analysis center, is housed in the Justice Center.
- National Resource Center for Alaska Native Elders
In 2003, the UAA College of Health received a grant from the U.S. Administration on Aging to develop a national resource center for American Indian, Alaska Native 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" to support aging in place with dignity and respect,
- Solicit recommendations from community and caregivers to develop education and training materials on Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders, traditional foods and nutrition, elder abuse, and successful aging that is respectful of Alaska Native cultural values, beliefs, and practices, and
- Provide education to medical providers.
- Occupational Therapy Program
The Creighton University-UAA partnership program 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. Faculty members pursue high impact research in partnership with human service organizations, policymakers, and people affected negatively by serious social issues.
- WWAMI School of Medical Education
WWAMI is a decentralized medical school program among universities in five northwestern states, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, in partnership with the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Prospective students apply to the University of Washington School of Medicine; upon admission, Alaska's WWAMI students take classes at the University of Alaska Anchorage for the Foundations Phase, an 18 month experience for the equivalent of the first and second years of medical school. The third and fourth years of the medical school curriculum are comprised of "clerkship" rotations in the various medical specialty areas. These clerkships may be taken in any of the five WWAMI states. Students who choose the "Alaska Track" can take nearly all of these clerkships in Alaska.