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  • Dr. Pauline George Stitt began her career as a pediatrician in New York. During World War II, Dr. Stitt came to Hawai‘i to work as a physician at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. She later went on to serve at a number of prestigious colleges and organizations, including Howard University College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Following her return to Hawai‘i, Dr. Stitt was appointed Professor of Public Health at UH Mānoa in 1972 and later served as chair of the Maternal and Child Health specialization. The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) offers this scholarship created in honor of Dr. Stitt.

    The Pauline Stitt Scholarship, first awarded in 2014, is intended to foster a spirit of excellence similar to that which Dr. Stitt cultivated in so many people whom she touched in her long and distinguished career. Each specialization/program and the Hui is asked to nominate a current public health graduate or doctoral student with a high level of academic achievement who will continue their enrollment in our program in Fall 2016.  Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see below).  The selected student will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester.

    The Student Affairs Committee will review the nominations submitted and select the top candidate based on the following criteria:

    • Scholarship (50%): GPA, publications, etc. To place GPA in a broader context, please include information on workload (#credits/sem, FT/PT work hours).
    • Governance (20%): Serve as student representative on OPHS Committees; UHM Committees (GSO).
    • Student/Professional Activities (20%): Involvement in student organizations & activities (Hui Ola Pono, intramural sports); professional activities (HPHA, etc.).
    • Community Service (10%): Voluntary, not field placement or paid employment (Health Fair, Red Cross, Legislature, Aloha United Way, etc.).
    • Continued enrollment in the public health program in Fall 2016.

    SUBMIT LETTERS OF NOMINATION AND SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO OPHSAS, BIOMED D-204/OPHSAS@HAWAII.EDU BY MARCH 1, 2016.

    - Posted 2 months ago

  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Chin Sik and Hyun Sook Chung Memorial Award. This award was established as a lasting tribute to the late Dr. Chin Sik Chung, a Professor at the School of Public Health from 1965-1995, and Hyun Sook Chung, his beloved wife of 51 years. The award (up to $1,500) is to be used to cover travel expenses incurred while working “on the ground” in international public health settings.

    To apply, you must be a full-time or part-time classified public health graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Spring 2016 who has been accepted to participate in an international practicum/training experience. The practicum must take place between the start of Summer 2015 and the end of Summer 2016. Priority will be given to sites with active exchange agreements with the Office of Public Health Studies. Recipients will be selected based on academic excellence, financial need, and placement quality as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines.

    Submit the following items to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services Office (OPHSAS) via email (ophsas@hawaii.edu) or in person (Biomed D-204):

    • A letter of application (no more than two pages) addressing the award criteria, including a brief financial statement.
    • Authorization for OPHSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.

    If selected to receive this award, you will be required to submit a completed copy of your Form 15 or IRB application prior to fund distribution.

    THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 1, 2016.

    - Posted 2 months 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 (ophsas@hawaii.edu):

    • 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 1, 2016.

    - Posted 2 months ago

  • This 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 for the 2016-17 academic year must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate 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 are eligible for fellowship renewal so long as all criteria are met.

    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.

    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, 2016.

    The awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will be enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Fall 2016. It is also important to note that 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 2 months 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 2016 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 2016.

    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 2016 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 2016.

    Applications must be received by March 1, 2016.

    - Posted 2 months ago

  • We are pleased to announce that the Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) is offering up to six (6) $200 Academic Merit Scholarships for the 2016-2017 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 March 1, 2016.  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 800, in the spring 2016 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 and authorization for OPHSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.
    • 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: Awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will register for a full-time course load in Fall 2016

    - Posted 2 months ago

  • We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 7, 2015. Applicants who are selected as finalists for this award must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, October 22nd, 12 Noon - 1:30 pm.

    This award is exclusively for public health students who have a professional paper accepted for presentation at a national or international public health meeting. Applicants must be current, classified UHM graduate or doctoral students pursuing the MPH, MS, DrPH or PhD degree in the Office of Public Health Studies. The award money is to be used to defray travel costs and/or pay for meeting registration fees (up to $1,000).

    Interested applicants must submit the following items:

    1. Proof of invitation to present at a conference.
    2. Your conference abstract.
    3. A letter of application which includes:
    • Your role in the project that is the subject of the presentation.
    • An explanation on why attending the conference is important to you.
    • A brief note about your financial need.

    Those who are selected as finalists for this award will be notified no later than Monday, October 12, 2015. 

    Address application materials to the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award Committee in care of the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services (OPHSAS). Items may be submitted via email to ophsas@hawaii.edu or in person at Biomed D-204.

    - Posted 4 months ago

  • Submissions must be original research works related to the practice of medicine or public health, with a focus on the Hawaiian Islands or Pacific Rim region.
     
    Eligibility:

    • The contest is open to students and professionals at public health, medical, nursing, pharmacy, and dental schools or programs.
    • Undergraduates, Graduate students (masters- and doctoral-level students), and Post-Graduates (postdoctoral fellows and residents) may apply.

     
    Note: Consideration may be given to applicants in other disciplines. Individuals not currently enrolled in a qualifying program but who completed one of the programs within the last 12 months may submit their work for consideration.
     
    Prize:
    Up to three cash prizes in the amount of $500.
    Winners will have their photographs featured along with their works in a future issue of HJM&PH.
     
    Opens: August 3, 2015
    Deadline: December 7, 2015
     
    More information can also be found at www.hjmph.org/contest.

    - Posted 7 months ago

  • We are pleased to announce that our Public Health Program has been reaccredited by CEPH for a seven-year term, extending to July 1, 2022.

    - Posted 7 months ago

  • Delta Omega will hold its annual Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 5:00PM - 7:00PM in Biomed B-103.

    This year's Distinguished Lecture award goes to Lars Alfredsson, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology and Head, Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Alfredsson's lecture is entitled, “Epidemiology as a tool to understand interactions between exposure, genetics, and immunophenotype: examples from rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis."

    We will also be holding an induction ceremony of new members at this event.

    Take this wonderful opportunity to meet and hear from this renowned scientist and speaker.  Reception to follow.  Campus parking is $6.

    For more information and to RSVP please contact Professor Al Katz: katz@hawaii.edu.

    - Posted 9 months ago

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