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 5 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 1 week 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 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 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 2014.

    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 2014 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 minimum of 8 degree-related credits in Fall 2014.

    Applications must be received by March 28, 2014. Contact OGSAS if you have any questions.


    - Posted 1 month ago

  • Honors public health students at the doctoral and master’s level with a scholarship of up to $2,000. 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. This scholarship is for UH Manoa public health students only. 

    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 Graduate Student Academic Services (OGSAS) 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 application deadline is March 28, 2014. If you have any questions, contact OGSAS.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • The Urban Land Institute has been promoting compact, walkable, mixed use communities for years as means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and improving quality and affordability of life. These design attributes also contribute to physical health. And now we have the opportunity to take the next step in creating high qualify places that deliver much more, places that make the healthy choice the easy choice for residents while improving the value and economic strength of communities.

    The land use community is now finding it profitable to reach across the table to the health care community and join forces to promote land use patterns that lower the increasingly stifling health care costs to individuals and institutions, while at the same time meeting the increasing market demand for walkable, bikeable, people friendly places.

    Please join James A. Moore, Design Principal, HDR, Inc., Dr. Jay Maddock, University of Hawai‘i Office of Public Health Studies, James "Kimo" Steinwascher, Alexander & Baldwin, and Councilmember Breene Harimoto, City & County of Honolulu for this unique event and important discussion.

    Thursday, March 13, 2014
    7:30 am - 8:00 am - Buffet Breakfast & Networking
    8:00 am - 10:00 am - Program
    Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu, HI

    Register Now

    Registration Fees
    $15 / $20 for ULI members/non-members (public sector, non-profit)
    $35 / $50 for ULI members/non-members (private sector)
    $20 / $50 for ULI members/non-members (young leader)
    $15 / $20 for ULI members/non-members (students)
    Fees include full buffet breakfast and a copy of ULI's recent publication, Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, $25 retail.

    - Posted 2 months ago

  • Students who expect to graduate in Spring 2014 must file a Graduate Application for Degree by Friday, January 31. Completed applications must be submitted to Graduate Division Student Services, Spalding 354. The $30 processing fee may be submitted to the Mānoa Cashier’s Office, QLCSS 105, or paid by credit card online through the MyUH Portal under “Review My Charges” one week after turning in the form to Graduate Division.

    NOTE: Students must be registered for the semester they intend to graduate.

    - Posted 4 months ago

  • Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (Region IX), Mr. Herb K Schultz will be visiting the Office of Public Health Studies on Wednesday, November 20 from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm in Biomed D-207 to have a conversation with Public Health Students about the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act. 

    Mr. Schultz was previously serving as Senior Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Director of the California Recovery Task Force. In this role, he was responsible for the oversight and implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As Senior Advisor to the Governor from 2008-2010, he represented the Governor on major domestic policy issues, which included serving as a principal advisor on health care reform.

    Previously, he served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Governor during California's 2006-2008 state debate on comprehensive health care reform. From 2005-2006, he served as Vice President of Government Programs for McKesson Health Solutions, where he oversaw the company's disease management and nurse advice programs for Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. Mr. Schultz received his B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from The American University in Washington D.C. and has a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, also in Washington D.C.

    - Posted 5 months ago