Gabriel M. Garcia, PhD, MA, MPH
Associate Professor of Public Health
University of Alaska-Anchorage, Department of Health Sciences

Gabriel Garcia was born in the Philippines and raised in Alaska. He is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). He received a BS in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis; an MA in medical sciences and an MPH in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University; and a PhD in public health, with a minor in anthropology, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008.

Dr. Garcia’s research interests include tobacco, alcohol and cancer prevention and control as well as health disparities among Asians/Pacific Islanders. He was appointed by the mayor of Anchorage in 2015 to serve as a commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services at the municipality level. He has been the recipient of multiple individual- and group-level awards over the course of his career.
  • Short-Term Service Award by the Alaska Public Health Association (2002) 
  • Barbara Berger Excellence in Public Health Award (2012) 
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Community Service by UAA 
  • Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Diversity by UAA 
  • Center for Community Engagement & Learning Community’s Builder Award by UAA 
  • Stewardship Award, along with UAA faculty and students (2014) 
  • American Lung Association in Alaska’s Breathe Easy Champion Award, along with UAA faculty and students, for their successful efforts in making the University of Alaska system smoke- and tobacco-free (2015)