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Johnson, Rhonda M. Professor of Public Health


Professor of Public Health, 2004-, Past Chair of the Department of Health Sciences (2005-2015) at University of Alaska Anchorage. Public Health Leadership Fellow (UNC-Chapel Hill, 1998-2001); Rural Health Fellow (2007); Director, Center for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE); Primary Care Clinician/Project Director/Program Manager/Faculty/Mentor (1984-2004); Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Thailand, 1981-3); Rotary Fellow for International Understanding (Stockholm Sweden, 1979-80).
Editor in Chief, International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 2015-

Research Areas

selected publications

research overview

  • RECENTLY- FUNDED PROJECTSHigh North Collaborative Arctic Seminars in Epidemiology (CASE Series), with U Tromso lead, funds faculty/student travel for annual summer institutes, first one in Yellowknife, NWT August 2015; we will host June 2016 one in Homer, AK, with subsequent ones in Norway and/or Russia (Role: Collaborating Faculty: 2015-2018)
    National Institute of Mental Health, R34 PC CARES Developing Effective Proximal Care to Prevent Rural Alaska Native Youth Suicide, Lisa Wexler, U Mass Amherst, PI. Role: Research Advisory Board (funded), 2014-2017)
    HRSA Regional Public Health Training Centers-Alaska Local Performance Site (ALPS)-University of Washington Subcontract PI-September 2014-August 2015, renewable to 2018. ~$50,000 per year.
    Department of Health and Human Services,  Administration  for Community Living, Administration on Aging, National Resource Center on Alaska Native Health, Nancy Furlow, PI.  Role: Collaborating Faculty with focus on health literacy and health equity, 2015-2020)
    Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)-Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH V and VI) Student Development Project Subcontract- May 2011-August 2015~  $180,000 per year.
    NIH National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, UL1 RR025014, KL2 RR025015, and TL1 RR025016, University of Washington Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), Role:  Regional Programs Co-Director, .05 FTE, April 2012-May 2015
    Breast Cancer Focus, Inc, Alaska Literacy Program, Polly Smith (PI) Health Literacy and Cancer Screening for ESL Learners, (collaborating partner-funded), March 2009-June 2016
    Nordic Council of Ministers-U Arctic Planning Grant to Develop Collaborative PhD in Arctic Health and Well-being, Role: Collaborating Partner, May 2012-May 2015. 
    Alaska Department of Safety through the Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Domestic Violence Prevention Project Evaluation, Role: PI, .20FTE, September 1, 2012-Feb 28, 2013, $35,000.
    Yakutat Tlingit Tribe SAMHSA and State of Alaska Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) Evaluation Subcontract,, 10 FTE,  July 2011-June 2013,  ~$45,000 per year. 
    National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) P20 Exploratory Center of ExcellenceCenter for Addressing Health Disparities through Research and Education (CAHDRE); (Dennis Valenzeno, PI, 2009-10); Role:  Research Training Education Core Director, Dec 2009- August  2012, and since January 2011, PI, .25 FTE,   $1.2 million.
    National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO-Canada)  Pan Arctic Interactive Communication Health Project (TV Series)-Evaluation Subcontract, Sept 2008-Dec  2009, ~$60,000.
    HRSA-MCHB Training Grant-Faculty Subcontract, MCH Leadership, Education and Workforce Development, Doug Taren, University of Arizona, PI, June 2004-Dec 2009, ~$10,000 per year. 

    HRSA-MCHB Training Grant-Principal Investigator, Frontier Models of MCH Leadership: Learning from Communities, July 2005-Dec  2008, ~$130,000 per year.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) via Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault-DELTA Project   (Primary Prevention of Interpersonal Violence-Evaluation Subcontract), March 2006-March 2008, ~$75,000 per year.  
    UAA Chancellor’s Research Grants: Health Literacy and Cancer Communication with Alaskan Women-A Pilot Study, March 2006-2007, ~$9000.
    Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Health Literacy (to support Dr. Barry Weiss visit to Alaska-one of just 10 such national projects funded), Spring 2007, $7500. NIH-Fogarty International Travel Grant (to support graduate student attendance at the International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Novosibirsk, Siberia, June, 2006),  $20,000. 
    NCI-Project REACH-Evaluation Subcontract (Tobacco Training), Myra Muramoto, University of Arizona, PI, August 2003-July 2006, ~$4000 per year. 
    NCI-Native American Cancer Research Partnerships for Health (Evaluation and Mentor Subcontract), Julie Baldwin, Northern Arizona University, Co-PI, Summer 2003, ~$4000 per year.
    HRSA-AMERSA-SAMHSA/CSAT Program to Improve Health Professional Education in Substance Abuse (Project Mainstream) Selected as Faculty Fellow (.2FTE plus project support), May 2002-May 2004.
    Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Administration for Children and Families ACF).  Evaluator for Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant FV-01-99. (September 30, 1999-December 31, 2000) $11,200. Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.  Personal Services Contract to prepare a policy review paper  Rural Health Care Response to Domestic Violence: Emerging Public Policy Issues and Best Practices.  (August  30, 1999- August 30, 2000)  $15,000.

teaching overview


    UNDERGRADUATE:         HP 200  Principles of Health (co-taught with McCormick)                                     HP 300   Human Disease (residential and web*)                                      HP 307   Program Planning and Evaluation (residential)                                      HP 308   Community Health Practicum  (residential)                                     HP 408C Community Health Internship (Capstone course-residential and web*)                                     HP 410   Organization and Administration of Health Services (web only)*                                                    HP 471    Health Issues of the Southwest (web only)

    GRADUATE:                   HP 510     Current Topics in Health Policy (web only)*                                     HP 571     Contemporary Rural Health Issues (web only)                     HP 585     Substance Abuse Prevention for Health Professionals                                    CPH 577   Social and Behavioral Basis of Public Health (co-taught with Sciacca)                                    CPH 531   Contemporary Research and Health Issues (co-taught with several)                                    CPH 532a Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (co-taught with Dogget)                                     HP 608     Public Health Internship                                     HS 605     Public Health and Society (web only*) UAA                                                                         HS 615     Health Services Administration  (web only)* UAA                     HS 624     Circumpolar Health Issues (web only) * UAA                                     HS 628    Program Evaluation (web only)* UAA                                     HS 630    Public Health Emergencies and Disasters (web only)* UAA                      HS 690     Public Health Ethics (web only)* UAA                                     HS 697    Independent Study (multiple-at least one per semester)                                     HS 698/9 Public Health Practicum Thesis/Project   UAA
    Note:  Several Graduate Courses were offered through IITV (interactive instructional TV ) to the three campuses of College of Public Health: Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson. Web courses are offered entirely online to non-residential students, typically using either Blackboard or WEBCT platforms.  Served as Academic Advisor, Thesis Chair or Committee member for ~100 MPH students, and 6 doctoral students.

first name

  • Rhonda

last name

  • Johnson

eRA Commons id

  • AKRhondaj