A Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine and Chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah, where he holds adjunct appointments in Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Health Promotion and Education.
He is an affiliated faculty member with the Honors College, where he is the advisor for the Global Health Scholars program. He also holds an adjunct appointment with the Department of Health Sciences at Brigham Young University and is affiliated with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Sciences and Technology through the School of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Alder started with the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in 1995 as a founding member of the Health Research Center and has been active in various forms of clinical and population-based research since that time.
He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environment and Behavior and Family Ecology, with emphases in statistics and research methods and a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion and Education with a focus on Community Health in 2001.
Dr. Alder is President of the Association of Accredited Public Health Programs and a member of the Framing the Future Task Force, sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health, which is looking at academic public health over the next 100 years. Locally, he serves as a member of the Board of Health for the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.
Dr.Alder’s scholarly emphases include global public health, community engaged health development, public health workforce development and managing the health of populations.