Division of Population Health Sciences

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The Division of Population Health Sciences (DPHS) includes the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, an undergraduate minor in Public Health, and the Master of Public Health program. Advancing health sciences through the educational opportunities of academic training, research, and community service to improve the well-being of the diverse peoples of Alaska and the circumpolar north.

Population health sits at the intersection of medicine and public health spanning the social sciences. Population health explores the social factors that influence health using an evidence based approach and community engagement to reduce disparities, measure health needs and implement effective health innovations.


Academic Programs


News & Stories

  • Micah Hahn, Ph.D.

    Micah Hahn shares recent publications

    April 26, 2022

    Micah Hahn, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies assistant professor, has recently co-authored numerous papers focused on wildfire smoke, evolving perceptions, modeling geographic uncertainty, implications of inadequate water storage, and more.


    Ruby Fried, Ph.D.

    Ruby Fried co-hosts APIA symposium

    April 15, 2022

    Ruby Fried, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies assistant professor, helped host the Regional Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation Symposium with the Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association.


    A home in a rural area

    Study provides look at COVID-19 in remote Alaska communities

    March 28, 2022

    Institute for Circumpolar Health Sciences assistant professors Ruby Fried and Micah Hahn have co-authored an article, titled “COVID-19 in Remote Alaska Communities: A Longitudinal View of a Novel Pandemic.” This statewide, longitudinal study on remote communities provides a perspective based on the lived experience of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living in remote Arctic communities.

  • BSHS student Gloria Renken

    Health sciences major Gloria Renken receives AARP Alaska scholarship

    March 1, 2022

    Health sciences major Gloria Renken receives AARP Alaska scholarship.

  • Corrie Whitmore

    Corrie Whitmore elected as board president of American Evaluation Association

    January 27, 2022

    Corrie Whitmore, assistant professor of health sciences with DPHS, was elected as president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Board of Directors.

Institutes & Centers


A glacier in AlaskaThe Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies

Our applied research focus supports public health planning and provides opportunities for students to gain research experience. 

Center for Alcohol and Addiction StudiesCenter for Alcohol and Addiction Studies

The CAAS was established by the Board of Regents in 1972 to address the problem of substance abuse in Alaska.

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UAA Div. of Population Health Sciences
1901 Bragaw St., Suite 220
Anchorage, Alaska, 99508



UAA Div. of Population Health Sciences
3211 Providence Dr., BOC3-220
Anchorage, AK 99508-4614