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The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) houses the academic programs of the Department of Public Health Sciences. Currently the department offers specializations in epidemiology, health policy and management, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health, and social and behavioral health sciences. Degrees offered include the bachelor of art (BA) in public health, master of public health (MPH), master of science (MS) in public health, doctor of public health (DrPH) and doctor of philosophy (PhD).

The MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD degree programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

Please see the academics section for detailed information on degree programs and specializations.


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The mission of the Department of Public Health Sciences is to advance the health of the peoples of Hawai‘i, the nation, and the Asia-Pacific region through knowledge, discovery, innovation, engagement, inclusion, and leadership.


We value:

  • Academic excellence and rigor
  • Respect
  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Ho'olohe (listening and responding to the needs of our community)


Education Goals

  • To recruit quality students into our degree programs.
  • To offer required and electives courses and field experiences that facilitate student mastery of public health competencies.
  • To assure graduates master the core competencies for their degree.

Research Goals

  • To discover and create new knowledge, evaluate health service needs, and apply research.
  • To disseminate research findings through publications and participation in local, national and international professional societies.
  • To involve students in research and evaluation projects.

Service Goals

  • To enhance continuing education and training of Department of Health personnel and other health professionals.
  • To provide consultative and direct services to community, state, federal, and international organizations in support of the program’s mission.

Program-wide Goals

  • To ensure academic excellence by systematically evaluating the program and considering findings in program development.
  • To ensure academic excellence by garnering adequate resources for delivery of a quality public health program.