Denise Nelson-Hurwitz

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Denise Nelson-Hurwitz, PhD

Associate Professor

Undergraduate Chair

Academic Degrees

  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • MS (Epidemiology), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • BA (Economics), Minor (Biology) with Honors, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Awards & Honors

  • Delta Omega Award for Innovative Public Health Curriculum, Honorable Mention, PH 480: Application of Public Health Principles in Research and Practice (2017)
  • Frances Davis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (2017) 

Research Interests

Dr. Denise Nelson-Hurwitz is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Chair of the B.A. Public Health degree in the Office of Public Health Studies. Dr. Nelson-Hurwitz is a community-sourced faculty member; having been born and raised in Hawai‘i. She is also a first generation college graduate, and cites commitment to student support and initiatives to increase student diversity as motivations to work in academia. As a researcher, her interests focus on undergraduate educational pedagogy and improving student support services, especially among undergraduate populations under-represented in higher education.

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Nelson-Hurwitz DC, & Buchthal OV. (2019). Using Deliberative Pedagogy as a Tool for Critical Thinking and Career Preparation Among Undergraduate Public Health Students. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 37. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00037.

Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Kehl L, & Braun KL. (2019). Aloha Undergraduates: Development and Application of Local and Indigenous Topics into an Undergraduate Public Health Curriculum. Frontiers in Public Health, 7, 16. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00016.

Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Buchthal OV, Tagorda M, & Braun KL. (2018). Adding a Baccalaureate Degree to a Graduate Public Health Program While Addressing Stakeholder Concerns. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1177/2373379918794703.

Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Tagorda M, Kehl L, Buchthal OV, & Braun KL. (2018). Developing an Undergraduate Public Health Introductory Core Course Series. Frontiers in Public Health, 6, 155. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00155

Davis CMA, Guo M, Miyamura J, Chang A, Nelson-Hurwitz DC, & Sentell T. (2017). Key Factors in Obstetric Delivery Decision-Making among Asian and Pacific Islander Women by English Proficiency. Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 76(10), 279.

Nelson-Hurwitz DC, & Tagorda M. (2015). Developing an undergraduate applied learning experience. Frontiers in Public Health, 3. DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00002.

Non-Peer Reviewed (Editorial Review) Journal Articles

Braun KL, Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Ono M, Godinet M, Perkinson M, & Mokuau N. (2017). From Hale to Kauhale: Public Health, Social Work, and Aging. Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 76(4), 135.

Nelson-Hurwitz DC, Arakaki LA, & Uemoto M. (2017). Insights in Public Health: Training Today's Students to Meet Tomorrow's Challenges: Undergraduate Public Health at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Hawai‘i Journal of Medicine & Public Health, 76(3), 89.