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  • Undergraduates Share Their Final and Proposal Posters at the Fall 2015 Undergraduate Summit

    Posted Dec 4, 2015 at 11:37am

    The Fall 2015 OPHS Undergraduate Summit was by all accounts a great success. This event was a poster presentation of project proposals from 4-5pm and final projects from 5-6pm for their Applied Learning Experience (a BA Public Health degree requirement). 

    There were 44 students presenting in total (24 proposals and 20 final projects), including 12 students graduating later this month, 9 Honors students, and 2 CHL Scholars. Of the final projects, 6 of them took place internationally and among the proposals, 3 are developing global health projects.

  • World Spine Care clinic

    OPHS PhD Chair Creates Sustainable Model of Spine Care in Underserved Communities

    Posted Nov 23, 2015 at 10:17am

    OPHS PhD epidemiology chair and professor, Eric Hurwitz, PhD, highlights development of sustainable model of spine care in underserved communities in 'Creating a sustainable model of spine care in underserved communities' discussing global health work being conducted through non-profit organization, World Spine Care. Dr. Hurwitz also serves as the co-chair of World Spine Care’s Research Committee, coordinating research projects being conducting in clinics located in Botswana, India, and the Dominican Republic through collaborations with researchers in Canada, Denmark, India, France, and across the United States. For more information about WSC “like” them on Facebook and check out their videos on YouTube.

  • OPHS Students Present Posters at Hawai‘i Public Health Association Conference

    Posted Oct 12, 2015 at 7:27am

    Seven BA public health students and one MPH candidate proudly shared their capstone project proposal posters with participants at the 2015 Hawaii Public Health Association Conference held on Friday, October 9th at the Hawaii Convention Center. Many of these students will be presenting their final capstone results and outcomes at the upcoming Fall 2015 OPHS Undergraduate Summit on December 3rd.

    HPHA Conference Presenters


  • Welcome New Graduate Students!

    Posted Aug 17, 2015 at 4:04pm

    We welcomed our new incoming graduate students at orientation today. Students began their studies for the Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. 

  • E-book Highlights Undergraduate Public Health Education

    Posted Jul 20, 2015 at 7:06am

    Congratulations to Denise Nelson-Hurwitz, PhD, and Michelle Tagorda, MPH, on contributing to the publication Undergraduate Education for Public Health in the United States. Faculty from accredited schools and programs across the nation contributed to the 20 chapters. The purpose of the book is to describe current curricular approaches to undergraduate education for public health and to facilitate analysis and discussion of what makes quality education and builds a competent workforce. The articles address wide-ranging topics: the history of undergraduate public health education, recent development of accreditation criteria, description of specific programs, broader curriculum issues, and the evolving career opportunities in public health. The article contributed by Dr. Nelson-Hurwitz and Ms. Tagorda discusses the development of the undergraduate Applied Learning Experience. The free publication may be found at

  • Public Health Undergraduates Ranked High at Spring Undergraduate Honors Showcase

    Posted Jun 5, 2015 at 9:18am

    Congratulations to B.A. Public Health students Abigail Sy, Michelle Tong, and Sally Voss for their great accomplishments at the Undergraduate Honors Showcase this May. Within the Social Sciences category, Sally Voss placed first in oral presentations of project proposals for her project on “Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Among At-Risk Adults in Nanchang, China," and Michelle Tong received an Honorable Mention for the oral presentation of her project proposal on “Effects of Health Literacy on Cardiovascular Disease in Chinese Americans.” Abigail Sy received the first place prize for poster presentations in Social Sciences for her project proposal, “Underrepresented Ethnicities in the Physician Workforce: Filipinos in Hawai‘i.” Congratulations to these outstanding students for their excellent representation of undergraduate public health!

  • Hui Ola Pono Year in Review

    Posted May 21, 2015 at 9:25am

    The Hui was busy during the 2014-2015 academic year. The fall semester started out with a welcome BBQ and they ended the spring semester with fun at the beach. Watch the video for highlights of their year.

  • 2015 Delta Omega Induction Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture

    Posted May 15, 2015 at 9:39am

    The 2015 Delta Omega Induction Ceremony and Distinguished Lecture was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Congratulations to inductees, Lehua Choy, graduating with her DrPH, Jessica Fabrigas, Samantha Kodama, and Michelle Tagorda, graduating with their MPH, and Reni Soon, MD, MPH, alumni, who were selected for their academic excellence and contributions to public health. 

    Distinguished lecturer, Dr. Lars Alfredsson, from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden presented a talk on "Epidemiology as a tool to understand interactions between exposure, genetics, and immunophenotype" with examples from rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Representatives from Karolinska also visited OPHS to discuss possibilities for joint research projects and student and faculty exchange. 

  • Public Health Students Present Proposals at UHM Undergraduate Showcase

    Posted May 11, 2015 at 2:14pm

    Eight of our BA Public Health Honors students successfully presented their Applied Learning Experience project proposals at the UH Mānoa Spring Undergraduate Showcase on Friday, May 8th. All 8 students defended their proposals orally, as a requirement for the UHM Honors program, and 6 also shared their projects during the afternoon poster session. For more information about the UHM Undergraduate Showcase please see the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program website. Congratulations to our outstanding students! We look forward to hearing about the student's completed Applied Learning Experience projects in the Fall.

  • Graduating Students Recognized at OPHS Honor Ceremony

    Posted May 11, 2015 at 1:33pm

    OPHS recognized our graduating MPH, DrPH, and PhD students in the 2015 Spring Honor Ceremony on Thursday, May 7th. In addition to celebrating spring graduation, awards were announced for the Worth, Alicata, Kagan, Stitt, and Koseki Awards and Scholarships. The games, including a public health abstract mad-lib, were fun and the food was fabulous. Best wishes to all our graduating public health students!