Announcements (all)

  • We are excited to announce the opening of our new Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Public Health at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. 

    For those of you who may be less familiar with our program, we define public health as health promotion and disease prevention. Whereas a physician or nurse may work one-on-one with a patient, public health provides a more macro-scale approach and focuses primarily on population and community health. Public health is a wonderful career option by itself, but is also an excellent complement to career in medicine, nursing, or law (just to name a few). It also provides students with a concrete set of practical skills they can use moving forward, or apply to a more theory-based major such as psychology, biology, or Native Hawaiian studies.

    For exploratory students, and as a first step to our major, we offer an Introduction to Public Health course (PH 201), which will be offered this coming Spring semester Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am - 10:15am, and during Summer Session I.

    If you have any questions about our degree program including the classes we offer, degree requirements and/ or about the field of public health in general, please feel free to contact either our recruitment advisor, Dr. Denise Nelson-Hurwitz at or our undergraduate advisor, Michelle Tagorda, at To make an advising appointment with Michelle, please visit

    We wish you the best in your academic journey!

    - Posted 8 months ago

  • The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will host a free recruitment fair for prospective students of public health on Tuesday, July 15 at 4 PM. This is a great opportunity for both prospective graduate and undergraduate students to learn about the exploding field of public health. The “This Is Public Health Recruitment Fair” allows prospective students to meet admissions staff from CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health at one convenient location: The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, DC.

    Though the event is free, attendees must pre-register by Friday, July 11:

    What: This Is Public Health Recruitment Fair
    Where: George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in Washington, D.C.
    When: Tuesday, July 15th, 4-7PM

    - Posted 4 weeks ago

  • Our public health program will be having an on-site accreditation review by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) on September 29-30, 2014. CEPH welcomes written communication from third parties until 30 days before their onsite visit. This is an opportunity for our stakeholders to submit feedback to CEPH on the program and its practices, procedures, and policies. Third party comments may take the form of e-mail, printed mail, or any other written form. Comments must be in writing and must be specific. Comments received by phone or in person will not be accepted or considered.

    The team coordinator for the CEPH site-visit will provide all third party comments, in full, to the other members of the site visit team. The team uses these comments in the same way it uses all other information assicated with the visit, such as documents provided by the program, information in the self-study and information provided by participants in on site interviews.

    The deadline for submission of written comments is August 30, 2014.

    All written comments should be sent to Ms. Nakita Kanu, MPH, Accreditation Specialist, Council on Education for Public Health, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Springs, MD 20910, e-mail:

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • We are pleased to announce that Kathryn L. Braun has been appointed as Director/department chair of the Office of Public Health Studies.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • On May 9, 2014, Dr. Jay Maddock stepped down as director/department chair of the Office of Public Health Studies. The faculty is working with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to elect a new director. A new director/department chair will be announced soon.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • Best wishes to our spring 2014 graduates!

    Spring 2014 Graduation

    - Posted 2 months ago

  • Congratulations to our 2014 Delta Omega Student Inductees: Vance Kawakami (EPI), Thomas Lee (EPI), DeAnna Basques (HPM), and Tasha Tydingco (HPM).

    2014 Delta Omega Student Inductees

    - Posted 3 months ago

  • This year Delta Omega will hold its annual Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, April 8 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in Biomed B-103. Reception to follow. 

    Professor Deane E. Neubauer earned his MA and PhD at Yale University and retired from the University of Hawai‘i with the rank of Emeritus Professor after 33 years of dedicated service. While at UH, Professor Neubauer served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, Researcher in the Social Sciences Research Institute, Founding Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Founding Director of the Globalization Research Center, Chancellor of UH Mānoa, and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the 10-campus UH System.

    Professor Neubauer has been a consultant for the RAND Corporation and Chaired the Policy and Planning Committee of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He currently serves as International Advisor to the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, Tokyo, Japan.

    His research interests lie in health policy, political economy, higher education, and globalization. His work explores globalizations phenomena as a major vector of social change throughout the world. 

    For more information and to RSVP, please contact

    - Posted 4 months ago

  • The Hawai‘i Chapter of Delta Omega invites all interested Public Health Master and Doctoral Students to submit an abstract for the National Delta Omega Poster Contest Display at APHA 2014 in New Orleans.  Students whose work is selected will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega, which the DPHS will match for a total of $700. Student awards will be made during the Delta Omega Social Hour, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their poster during the APHA scientific poster sessions.  Student abstracts will also be published on the Delta Omega National Webpage.

    Abstracts that have already been submitted to other APHA sessions (poster or oral) will not be accepted. Submitters must withdraw their abstracts from other sessions in order to be considered for the Delta Omega Poster Session. If you have any questions regarding this or would like to withdraw a previously submitted abstract, contact Heather Ward.

    All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to by Friday, April 4, 2014.  No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted or considered.

    See the Delta Omega Student Abstract Announcement and Delta Omega Abstract Submission Guideline documents for more details.

    Please use this link for tips on writing learning objectives. Click on "key resources" then open tab for "educational resources"

    Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for the past 6 years.  Let’s make it 7 years in a row!  We look forward to your submissions.

    Please contact Dr. Katz if you have any questions.

    - Posted 4 months ago

  • We are offering many courses this summer:

    PH 201 Introduction to Public Health
    Gain an overview of the broad field of public health, which centers on health promotion and disease prevention. Engage in discussions and activities that promote a greater understanding of public health as a system, as well as its interdisciplinary connections to other health care fields.

    Topics include:

    • Population Health
    • Disease Prevention
    • Health Professions
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Environmental Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Social Behavioral Health
    • Current Health Issues

    PH 301 Seminar in Public Health Issues (Public Health in Hawai‘i)
    Learn about the health issues affecting peoples and places in Hawai‘i

    PH 303 Seminar Global Public Health
    Gain a more worldly view of health by exploring links between health, economics, and social status.

    PH 310 Introduction to Epidemiology
    Want to be a disease detective? Learn to identify patterns of disease and threats to health.

    PH 340 Environmental Health
    Learn about protecting human health through the environment.

    PH 623 Social Science & Public Health

    PH 648 Public Health Program Planning

    PH 681 Environmental Determinants of Health

    PH 792U Ethnocultural Influences on Psychological Functioning & Emotional Distress: Cultural Diversity & Developing a Grant Proposal

    - Posted 4 months ago