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Our Vision

Diverse people living and thriving in healthy communities.

Our Mission

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.

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Students walking around the University of Alaska Anchorage campusAdvancing the Health Sciences

 Welcome to the Division of Population Health Sciences in the College of Health at the University of Alaska Anchorage!

Our Division combines academic programs and research centers all focused on addressing health from a population level.

Our academic programs include a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree, which is a great fit for anyone interested in continuing their education in a clinical field and for people interested in health education. We also have a CEPH accredited Master of Public Health (MPH) degree which focuses on preparing people to be leaders in public health. For people interested in public health, we also have a minor in public health available as a great complimentary addition to your undergraduate degree program.

Our Division includes the Institute for Circumpolar Health, which is a research center focused specifically on health and environmental factors associated with life and people in circumpolar nations. Globally, communities located in this region have specialized needs which correspond to rural and remote life, especially in areas where the only access is via boat, plane, or sled.

The Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies focuses on applied research which seeks to understand addiction and its impact on health and all aspects of life. The CAAS is being reimagined to be a service-based center within the Division of Population Health Sciences, so that in addition to research, we are actively engaging people in the community and across Alaska.

This is an exciting time for our Division as we seek to grow and expand our partnerships to focus on improving health more closely for all Alaskans.


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