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Announcements (recent)

  • 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 the APHA 2015 annual meeting in Chicago. Students whose work is selected for a national award will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega Honor Society, which the DPHS will match for a total of $700. Student awards will be made during the Delta Omega Social Hour. 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.

    All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to by 17:00 (5:00 pm) on Friday, April 17, 2015. 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.

    Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for the past 7 years. Let’s make it 8 years in a row! We look forward to your submissions.

    Please contact Dr. Katz if you have any questions.

    - Posted 3 weeks ago

  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College is pleased to offer a $1,000 merit scholarship to up to 200 first-year UH Mānoa students for Summer Sessions 2015. This award recognizes academically exceptional students who have demonstrated a commitment to completing their UH Mānoa degree in four years.

    The $1,000 award is to be applied towards the tuition for a single UH Mānoa Summer Sessions 2015 course. Award recipients will be responsible for any remaining course tuition and costs. Scholarship applications are due on Wednesday, April 1st.

    Merit Scholarship Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for this Summer Sessions 2015 merit scholarship, you must:

    have been admitted to UH Mānoa as a freshman in the Fall 2014 semester. have 27 or more credits from classes taken at UH Mānoa. (Credits from classes completed by the end of Fall 2014 as well as classes registered for in Spring 2015 as of March 14th will be counted towards these 27+ credits.) have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as of the end of the Fall 2014 semester. (A student’s cumulative GPA is based on credit courses completed at UH Mānoa.) be registered for at least 3 credits in the Summer 2015 term by April 1, 2015 at 5:00 PM HST.

    To apply, submit your UH Mānoa Summer Sessions Merit Scholarship Application to Outreach College. 

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • Nominations are being accepted from students and faculty for the Koseki Award for Excellence in Community Service. Dr. Lawrence K. Koseki was a faculty member of the University of Hawai‘i School of Public Health from 1973 to 1975 and again from 1986 to 1995. However, his career in public service spanned over 36 years. During this time he shared his expertise with over 85 local, national, and international organizations devoted to improving the health and well-being of others.

    Part of Dr. Koseki’s great contribution to this community was the outstanding support and wisdom he provided for many of the programs in which he participated. He was a role model, a teacher, a friend, a supporter of individuals, and a good human being. He left behind many people whose lives have been enriched on many levels – academically, personally and spiritually.

    The Office of Public Health Studies wishes to recognize a public health student each year who most exemplifies Dr. Koseki’s passion for community service. Selection will be based on materials submitted by the nominator, reflecting the categories listed below:

    ŸService to Individual (tutoring, peer counseling, mentoring) ŸService to Organizations (community groups, agencies, church, school) Service in Public Policy (legislative, media)

    The recipient will receive a certificate and an honorarium.

    Please submit your award nomination letter detailing the service record of the person you are nominating to the Student Affairs Committee, c/o Office of Public Health Student Academic Services, Biomed D-204. Nominations may also be submitted electronically to

    Nominations must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

    - 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 2015 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 2015.

    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 2015 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 2015.

    Applications must be received by March 31, 2015.

    - 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 (

    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 31, 2015.

    - Posted 2 months ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • Inaugural OPHS Undergraduate Summit

    The OPHS Undergraduate Summit was held at the Sinclair Library Heritage Room on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Twenty-five students presented posters of their Applied Learning Experience (APLE) project proposals as part of their undergraduate capstone experience. 

    - Posted Friday, December 5

  • OPHS at APHA in New Orleans

    Congratulations to Delta Omega Student Poster Honorees, Tonya Lowery St John (PhD candidate) and Tasha Tydingco (MPH '14)! Tonya and Tasha were selected to present their posters at the annual meeting of the Delta Omega Honorary Society and the American Public Health Association on November 17, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

    - Posted Monday, November 24

  • For Global Health Programs Aiding Developing Countries, Analyzing A New Funding Model

    Development assistance for health in low-and-middle-income countries nearly tripled from 2001 to 2010, with much of that growth directed toward the response to HIV. Donor agencies struggle to determine how much assistance a country should receive. A new study, being released on November 12, 2014, by Health Affairs as a Web First, presents three allocation methodologies to align funding with priorities. The study authors then select a model—one with enough flexibility to solve mismatches between disease burdens and allocations—to evaluate the progress that could be made by one organization—the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria—in fighting HIV. The authors found that under the new funding model, substantial shifts in the Global Fund’s portfolio are likely to result from concentrating resources in countries with more HIV cases and lower per capita income.

    - Posted Wednesday, November 12

  • Next generation of leaders emerge from public health program

    For students specializing in Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health, the community is their classroom and its people are their teachers. Dedicated to its kuleana of serving indigenous peoples, the program has adopted indigenous research methodologies and schools of thought to address the needs of our communities.

    - Posted Thursday, May 8

  • New book focuses on core behavior changes to develop healthier lifestyle

    This past Fall, Wolters Kluwer Health, in partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), published ACSMʻs Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity and Exercise, which explores the latest scientific findings on eliciting the behavior changes needed to truly make and remain committed to a healthy lifestyle.

    - Posted Thursday, January 16