Stephen C. Alder is the new chief of the Division of Public Health at the University of Utah.

Alder, assistant professor of family and preventive medicine, assumed leadership of the division that has one of the U. health sciences' largest graduate programs on Aug. 1.

He's a 20-year member of the U. family, having earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the U. He transitioned to the division in 1998 and has served in several faculty and administrative positions. His study focus includes global health concerns, pandemic flu, antibacterial resistance and health issues related to nuclear fallout.

The division, part of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, is home to 30 faculty and staff members and offers degree programs for a master of public health, master of science in public health and a doctorate in public health. U.S. News and World Report named it one of the top public health programs in the nation.