Vice Provost, Health Programs - Jan Harris
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Jan Harris is an experienced health care executive and quality improvement professional who lived and worked in rural Alaska throughout much of her career. She was employed by the tribal health and social services organization in the northwest arctic region of the state for more than thirteen years. Harris managed a system that spanned all aspects of outpatient (including medical, dental, optometry, and remote village clinics), inpatient, emergency, and community health for a geographic area the size of Maine encompassing twelve communities with no road connections. For a decade, in addition to her other duties, she led a project to program, design and construct a modern 80,000 square foot hospital, clinic and public health facility located in the region’s hub community.
Her educational background includes a B.S. in Nursing from Cornell University, M.A. in Liberal Studies (sociology) from Dartmouth College, and M.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Colorado. Harris is currently a candidate for a doctorate in Health Administration from Central Michigan University.
Arriving at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2001, Harris serves as the Vice Provost for Health Programs and directs the Office of Health Programs Development. Previously she was Associate Dean for the College of Health and Social Welfare. She has worked on a number of projects during her tenure at the University, including a comprehensive statewide academic plan for health programs, expansion of the University’s nursing, behavioral and allied health programs, and the development of university/industry partnerships to address workforce shortages. Harris has facilitated the work of internal alliances of deans and directors, formed to develop, improve and distribute health professions offerings across the University of Alaska statewide system, and has promoted collaborative approaches to health professions education and research.