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, the Master of Public Health program, a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and an Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Gerontology. 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


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Institutes, Centers, & Projects


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 misuse in Alaska.

a therapist with the elderlyHealthy Aging Lab

Our team works to understand the shifting sociocultural landscape for aging adults and identify service needs to facilitate healthy aging-in-place.

biomaterials fishing geatBiomaterials Lab

Researchers in our lab are working to solve the global plastic pollution problem by developing insulation that is recyclable, reusable, and biodegradable. 

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UAA Div. of Population Health Sciences
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr., Suite 206
Anchorage, AK 99508



UAA Div. of Population Health Sciences
3211 Providence Dr., PSB 206
Anchorage, AK 99508