University of Alaska Anchorage named a top school for online health science education

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UAA has been ranked one of the nation’s best schools for online health care degrees and certificates for 2023.

UAA has been ranked one of the nation’s best schools for online health care degrees and certificates for 2023. Six percent of regionally accredited colleges and universities earned a ranking position.

RENO, Nev. (PRWEB) Sept. 19, 2022 – University of Alaska Anchorage has been named one of today’s best schools for online higher education in health care by The UAA health science programs have earned top honors for their overall quality, affordability and commitment to student success. Take a look at the full rankings to see where UAA placed.

“Our rankings showcase the schools giving ... the best chance to succeed from day one in the classroom to day one on the job,” says Wes Harris, outreach coordinator for “This starts with low-cost tuition, but also includes academic counseling, career placement and other key resources that students need to graduate and get hired.”

"UAA's Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program prepares students to enrich Alaska's health through population health-focused efforts and by preparing students to move into clinical training programs (e.g. WWAMI, MEDEX, OT, Pharmacy, etc.)," says Kristin Stoepler, health sciences assistant professor with the UAA Division of Population Health Sciences. "The program provides students a foundation in community and public health with attention to creating safe and healthful environments for all populations using evidence-based and community engaged approaches."’s rankings come at a time when the demand for trained health care professionals is on the rise. According to Mercer, a global consulting leader in health care, the U.S. will see millions of vacancies in critical health care positions by 2025.

“One key to solving the health care shortage is making higher education more accessible,” said Harris. “Online programs open the door to students who may not be able to commit to a campus-based program while working, or to commute to a classroom at all. Each school in our rankings has made online learning a priority.” researched and analyzed more than 7,700 accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and from the schools themselves. The website’s data science team then applied a proprietary algorithm to rank all qualifying schools for each health care discipline. Primary data points include: 

  • academic counseling services
  • career placement services
  • student-to-faculty ratio
  • tuition
  • percentage of students receiving school-based financial aid
  • amount of school-based aid per student

To be eligible, a school must hold active regional accreditation and have at least one partially online program in the ranking subject. Just 8% of U.S. postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position.

About set out in 2018 to support higher education in health care. Their complimentary resource materials are expert-driven guidebooks help students find scholarships, financial aid and top degree programs in nursing, health care administration, public health and dozens of other key medical and health disciplines. Since the site’s official launch in 2019, has been featured by more than 100 premier colleges and universities across the U.S.