Stephen C. Alder, PhD

Division Chief, Public Health Program

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Community Engagement
  • Health Ecology
  • Leadership
  • Community-Based Primary Healthcare
  • Integrating Public Health & Clinical Medicine
  • Biostatistical, Epidemiological & Research Methods
  • Health Behavior
  • Health & Medical Innovation


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Professor, Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation - Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine - Adjunct Professor, Obstetrics/Gynecology - Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Epidemiology, General OB/GYN, Public Health

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-3332
  • Division of Public Health
    375 Chipeta Way, Room: Suite A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Professor Alder is a Health Ecologist specializing in community-based health development. He has a background as a clinical research and biostatistical methodoligist. His doctoral training emphasized individual and group health behavior change. His research experience includes developing theorty-based health behavior change interventions aimed at public health issues such as reducing unnecessary antibiotic use, promoting cancer screening and treatment among American Indian seniors, establishing daily use of multiple micronutrient suTeacpplementation among women of reproductive age in rural Ghana, and encouraging phsical activity and appropriate dietary practices among mothers. More recently, his academic work has focused on community-engaged scholarship, global health and academic administration. He serves as a key faculty member of the Collaboration and Engagement Team for the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science where he provides expert services and consultation to researchers and community groups interested in participating in community-engaged research activities. He has multiple global health research projects that include studying the bio-physiologic effects of micronutrient supplementation among pregrant women in rural Ghana and improving access to primary health care resources in developing world settings.

Professor Alder has an extensive background in teaching. He has taught undergraduate statistics, graduate foundations in biostatistics and advanced graduate biostatistics. He has also taught courses in undegraduate research methods, graduate clinical and public health research methods, and doctoral advanced research methods. Along with methodological coursework, he has taught graduate coursework in infectious diseases epidemiology, advanced health behavior theory, and the social context of public health. He has served as the faculty advisor for the Honors College Global Health Scholars program since 2008 and has developed, lead and supervised learning abroad programs for both university and high school students around the world. He has also taught professional education courses in leadership, creating collaborative public health community partnershps, and biostatistical and epidemiologic methods.

The majority of Professor Alder's effort in recent years has focused on administrative responsibilities. He became the inaugural Chief of the Divison of Public Health in 2008 and continues to serve in this capacity. In this role, he oversees the education, research and engaged scholarship activities of the Division, including operations at both the Salt Lake City and Asia (Songdo, Incheon, South Korea) Campuses. He was appointed as the Vice Chair for Research and Education in 2015. He has also been instrumental in the development of the Ensign College of Public Health, where he became the lead academic consultant in 2010, a member of the Board of Governors in 2013, the Acting President in early 2017 and the President in late 2017. He is also leading efforts for the Ensign College of Public Health to become the Ensign Global Public Health Campus and to have it host the Public Health Extended Program as the inaugural program of the Univeristy of Utah West Africa.

Nationally, he is President Emeritus of the Associaiton of Accredited Public Health Program, chairs site visit teams for the Council on Education for Public Health, and was a member of the Framing the Future: The Next 100 Years of Public Health Education Task Force.

Research Statement

My research focuses on community-engaged approaches to health development. I serve as an expert methodologist for community-engaged elements of research projects as part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. This includes working with both researchers and community groups across an array of research topics. I also lead research that is focused on translational and implementation science aimed at improving community-based health resources and developing community capacity for improving public health. My work has focused on models for improving adherence to use of micronutrient supplements for pregrnant women in developing settings and the bio-physiological effects of supplementation. I have also worked on the creation of community-based approaches to developing primary health resources that are integrated into the broader health system. I also serve as a consulting expert on health workforce modeling to guide strategies for developing health professionals. I continue to serve as a collaborating expert on research projects where I provide guidance on health behavior theory, research methods and biostatistics. My reseach activties are both domestic and international, with a record of extramurally funded projects that have been conducted locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

Education History

Type School Degree
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Health Promotion and Education, Community Health Emphasis
Graduate Training University of Utah
Family Ecology
Undergraduate University of Utah
Environment and Behavior

Global Impact


Date Role Description Country
03/01/2017 Acting President Kpong, Ghana Ghana
01/15/2011 Member & Advisor Board of Governors, Kpong, Ghana Ghana