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New Joint Pharmacy Program with Idaho State University

Dr. Tom WadsworthStarting next fall, University of Alaska Anchorage students can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree without leaving the state. UAA's new pharmacy program - a partnership with Idaho State University - is accepting applications now for fall 2016. ISU has hired a program director, Dr. Tom Wadsworth (see photo at right), who began work in COH in August. Dr. Wadsworth's office is currently in the AK Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce.

Previously UAA has offered training to pharmacy technicians, but students who wanted an advanced pharmacy degree had to leave Alaska, unless participating in UAA's distance PharmD partner program with Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. The new program is a collaboration between the UAA Alaska Center for Rural Health and Health Workforce, Alaska Pharmacists Association, UAA College of Health and ISU College of Pharmacy.

DHSS Commissioner keynotes at College of Health 2015 All-College Meeting

Bill Hogan and Valerie Davidson

COH Dean Bill Hogan and
DHSS Commissioner Valerie Davidson

Commissioner Valerie Davidson, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, gave the keynote presentation at the COH All-College meeting on August 19. She discussed Medicaid expansion and redesign of the Alaska system, and the important role the College of Health plays in supporting the delivery of health services in the state.

Commissioner Davidson noted, "We count on the work of the College of Health. You are making a difference - improving the health and lives of Alaskans."

Other COH Updates:

Accreditations: Physical Therapy Assistant, Dental Assisting/Dental Hygiene, Human Services AAS and BHS, Masters in Public Health, and Didactic Program in Dietetics have all been involved with their professional accreditation processes.

UAA is the Health Campus for the UA System

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has named UAA as the health campus for the entire UA system.  The College of Health (COH) is in the forefront of educating students to become doctors, nurses, and other health care and public health professionals and researchers. The college is comprised of 15 academic and research units focused on the state’s top health priorities:

  Our Vision

Leading towards a healthier tomorrow

Our Mission
Advancing the health and well being of people and communities

  • Interpersonal violence
  • Childhood trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Health care systems policy and delivery
  • Environmental health
  • Biomedical science

We strive to collaborate on innovative approaches with all of our partners and stakeholders, to develop interdisciplinary resources, and to engage communities in a culture that promotes health and academic and research excellence.

The COH Strategic Plan for 2014-2018 gives details on our five strategic priorities.

COH Strategic Plan, 2014-18 (pdf)