Announcements (all)

  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College is pleased to offer a $1,000 merit scholarship to up to 200 first-year UH Mānoa students for Summer Sessions 2015. This award recognizes academically exceptional students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their UH Mānoa degree in four years.

    The $1,000 award is to be applied towards the tuition for a single UH Mānoa Summer Sessions 2015 course. Award recipients will be responsible for any remaining course tuition and costs. Scholarship applications are due on Wednesday, April 1st.

    Merit Scholarship Eligibility Requirements
    To be eligible for this Summer Sessions 2015 merit scholarship, you must:

    • have been admitted to UH Mānoa as a freshman in the Fall 2014 semester.
    • have 27 or more credits from classes taken at UH Mānoa. (Credits from classes completed by the end of Fall 2014 as well as classes registered for in Spring 2015 as of March 14th will be counted towards these 27+ credits.)
    • have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester. (A student’s cumulative GPA is based on credit courses completed at UH Mānoa.)
    • be registered for at least 3 credits in the Summer 2015 term by April 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM HST.

    To apply, submit your UH Mānoa Summer Sessions Merit Scholarship Application to Outreach College. 

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • Nominations are being accepted from students and faculty for the Koseki Award for Excellence in Community Service. Dr. Lawrence K. Koseki was a faculty member of the University of Hawai‘i School of Public Health from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1986 to 1995. However, his career in public service spanned over 36 years. During this time he shared his expertise with over 85 local, national, and international organizations devoted to improving the health and well-being of others.

    Part of Dr. Koseki’s great contribution to this community was the outstanding support and wisdom he provided for many of the programs in which he participated. He was a role model, a teacher, a friend, a supporter of individuals, and a good human being. He left behind many people whose lives have been enriched on many levels – academically, personally and spiritually.

    The Office of Public Health Studies wishes to recognize a public health student each year who most exemplifies Dr. Koseki’s passion for community service. Selection will be based on materials submitted by the nominator, reflecting the categories listed below:

    • ŸService to Individual (tutoring, peer counseling, mentoring)
    • ŸService to Organizations (community groups, agencies, church, school)
    • Service in Public Policy (legislative, media)

    The recipient will receive a certificate and an honorarium.

    Please submit your award nomination letter detailing the service record of the person you are nominating to the Student Affairs Committee, c/o Office of Public Health Student Academic Services, Biomed D-204. Nominations may also be submitted electronically to

    Nominations must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • The Robert M. Worth Epidemiology Scholarship Fund was established by his wife Annie, his son Jonathan and other family and friends to provide tuition assistance to full-time students in a JABSOM graduate degree program in epidemiology. The selected recipient(s) will receive up to $2,000 to be used toward tuition costs. Recipients are eligible for scholarship renewal for two years total so long as all criteria are met. Preference shall be given to: 1) American licensed health care professionals with a desire to refocus their careers on a public health track; 2) employees of health departments who desire graduate level academic training in public health to allow them to better serve their communities; and 3) Hawaii state residents.

    Applicant Criteria:

    • Classified student enrolled for Spring 2015 in a graduate degree program in epidemiology at JABSOM with demonstrated financial need.
    • A minimum of two years experience in a health-related field.
    • Self-identified commitment to serve the populations of Hawai‘i or a Pacific Island jurisdiction after graduation.
    • Registering for full-time status (8+ degree-related credits/6 degree-related credits for graduate assistants/1 credit of PH 800) in Fall 2015.

    Application Requirements:

    • A letter of application addressing the scholarship criteria, including a brief financial statement indicating the amount of funds available to you for the Fall 2015 semester as well as the source of your funding.
    • A 3-5 page typed, double-spaced essay explaining why you should be selected for this award. Include academic and practical accomplishments as well as future goals and aspirations.
    • If relevant, provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.
    • Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a full-time course load in Fall 2015.

    Applications must be received by March 31, 2015.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • Applications are now being accepted for the Joseph E. Alicata Memorial Award in Public Health. A scholarship of up to $5,000 is available to students at the master's and doctoral level in public health. The award may be used for UHM tuition or for international travel connected with the field-training portion of the academic program. If used for travel, the destination must be a country in the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health.

    Application criteria:

    • Applicants must be full-time UHM graduate students in public health with a record of outstanding scholastic achievement.
    • A three-page essay must be submitted describing what you believe to be the most important current public health issue in Hawai‘i and how it should be addressed.
    • If relevant, applicants should also provide a list of publications (conference proceedings, reports, & articles), presentations (local, national, international) and awards.

    ​To apply, the following items must be submitted to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS) via email (

    • The three-page essay (double-spaced);
    • A letter of application which includes a list of your publications, presentations and awards, a brief explanation of how the scholarship will be utilized, and authorization for OGSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.

    The deadline to apply is March 31, 2015.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • We are pleased to announce that the Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) is offering up to six (6) $400 Academic Merit Scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. One outstanding classified public health student from each of the following six OPHS specialization areas will be selected:

    MPH/MS Specialty Areas: Health Policy and Management, Native Hawaiian & Indigenous Health, Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, and Epidemiology.

    Doctoral Specialty Areas: DrPH and PhD in Epidemiology.

    To apply for this award, students who meet the criteria below should submit a letter of application to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS), Biomed D-204, by February 24, 2015.  Faculty within each specialization area will decide on one award per specialization. 

    Criteria (all subject to verification by the Office of Public Health Studies):

    • Academic achievement (cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher).
    • Classified master's or doctoral students in the Office of Public Health Studies.
    • Enrolled full-time for a minimum of 8 credits (6 credits for GAs) of public health degree-related course work, or one credit of PH 700 or PH 800, in the spring 2015 semester.
    • Have completed a minimum of 12 credits of UHM public health coursework as a classified, public health student. 
    • Letter of application demonstrating academic excellence and achievement.
    • Briefly explain the public health relevance of courses taken outside of OPHS if these are counting towards your required 12 credits for eligibility. Otherwise, this is not necessary.

    Note: Students intending to graduate in Spring 2015 are eligible.

    Please direct any questions to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services at

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • The Abraham Kagan, MD Endowed Fellowship was established by Marion G. Kagan in memory of her husband, cardiologist Dr. Abraham Kagan. From 1965 until his retirement in 1989, Dr. Kagan led the Honolulu Heart Program, a research project which studied thousands of men of Japanese ancestry to see how differences in lifestyle affected rates of heart disease and stroke. The study involved 8000 men in Hawai‘i, many of whom are still being monitored today. A number of the findings in the study have been used to guide physicians in treating heart disease.

    The purpose of this award is to provide graduate fellowships to select students who have expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training. Recipients of the Kagan Fellowship are awarded funds of up to $5,000 which may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g., tuition, books, fees, etc.), in addition to stipends, research, travel, or other related expenses.

    Recipients must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate (master's or doctoral) students in public health at the UHM John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM), who have demonstrated or expressed an interest in working in the field of international health upon completion of their studies/training.

    Recipients shall be selected based on merit as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion making this award, although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines. Preference shall be given to those interested in international health in the Pacific Rim region. Priority will be given to high-quality projects with the potential to improve public health as demonstrated in research publications or presentations.

    The cultivation, nomination and selection of Abraham Kagan Fellows will be the responsibility of the selection committee, which is appointed by the Director of the Office of Public Health Studies.

    Interested individuals should submit a letter of application (no more than 2 pages) indicating how they meet the above criteria. Additional attachments including a detailed research plan and CV are also required. Materials must be received in OPHSAS by March 1, 2015.

    It is important to note that in order to receive the funding, award recipients will need show evidence that the research project is ready to proceed (such as Form 15 or IRB approval). Also, award recipients will be required to submit a written report on how the funds were used and his/her current involvement in the field of international health. The report must be submitted one year after the funds were received.

    - Posted 3 months ago

  • Native and immigrant communities are among those most impacted by obesity, diabetes and related disease. Growing, cooking together and eating certain traditional foods are often integral to culture and key to social cohesion and community health. Yet these communities often have less-than-healthy food environments, where policies and other default conditions make access to highly processed, fatty and sugary non-traditional foods more available. Chronic disease prevention in native or immigrant communities is inseparable from food sovereignty, in the eyes of many. In a webinar moderated by Dr Maile Taualii, hear perspectives on food, sovereignty and health from our speakers of the Muckleshoot (WA), Anishinabe (MN), and Tohono O’odham (AZ) nations.


    September 23rd, 2014:  9am HT/12pm MT/2pm CT/3pm ET

    - Posted 6 months ago

  • We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is October 15, 2014 and applicants must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, October 23rd, 12 Noon 1:30 PM.

    Public Health students who have a professional paper accepted for presentation at a national or international public health meeting are eligible for the Elmer J. Anderson Travel Award. The award money is to be used to defray travel costs and/or pay for meeting registration fees (up to $1,500). Applicants must be classified UHM graduate or doctoral students pursuing the MPH, MS, DrPH or PhD degree in the Office of Public Health Studies.

    Interested applicants must submit the following items:

    1. A letter of application.
    2. Proof of invitation to present.
    3. A copy of the abstract for the proposed presentation.

    Note: All applicants must present their papers at an OPHS Colloquium to be held on Thursday, October 23rd, from 12 Noon - 1:30 pm.

    Submit application materials electronically to or to:

    Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award Committee
    OPHS Department of Public Health Sciences
    Office of Public Health Student Academic Services
    1960 East West Road, Biomed D-204
    Honolulu, HI 96822

    - Posted 6 months ago

  • Reconnect with the Office of Public Health Studies and celebrate the launch of our new Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health! We invite you to join us in welcoming our new undergraduate public health students and learning more about our degree programs and ways to get involved. Families welcome, light refreshments provided. Please RSVP by September 1st via Punchbowl or

    Please email if interested in parking fee reimbursement.

    Date: Thursday, September 4th
    Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Place: University of Hawaii, BioMed D-207

    - Posted 7 months ago

  • As the Office of Public Health Studies grows, and to reflect the recent addition of our exciting new BA program, the Office of Graduate Student Academic Services (OGSAS) has been renamed the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS). We bid a fond aloha to our former name and look forward to continuing to provide outstanding academic services to our students and faculty as OPHSAS.

    - Posted 8 months ago