Announcements (all)

  • 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 1 month 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 months ago

  • Best wishes to our spring 2014 graduates!

    Spring 2014 Graduation

    - Posted 8 months ago