Public Health Pulse (news, events, announcements)

Events Calendar

August 2014

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Announcements (recent)

  • We are excited to announce the opening of our new Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Public Health at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. 

    For those of you who may be less familiar with our program, we define public health as health promotion and disease prevention. Whereas a physician or nurse may work one-on-one with a patient, public health provides a more macro-scale approach and focuses primarily on population and community health. Public health is a wonderful career option by itself, but is also an excellent complement to career in medicine, nursing, or law (just to name a few). It also provides students with a concrete set of practical skills they can use moving forward, or apply to a more theory-based major such as psychology, biology, or Native Hawaiian studies.

    For exploratory students, and as a first step to our major, we offer an Introduction to Public Health course (PH 201), which will be offered this coming Spring semester Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am - 10:15am, and during Summer Session I.

    If you have any questions about our degree program including the classes we offer, degree requirements and/ or about the field of public health in general, please feel free to contact either our recruitment advisor, Dr. Denise Nelson-Hurwitz at or our undergraduate advisor, Michelle Tagorda, at To make an advising appointment with Michelle, please visit

    We wish you the best in your academic journey!

    - Posted 9 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 days 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 3 weeks 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 1 month 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 2 months ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • 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

  • Dr. Lisa Simpson (MPH '86) Elected to the Institute of Medicine

    WASHINGTON (October 21, 2013) — AcademyHealth President and CEO, Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, FAAP, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides evidence-based advice to government and the private sector. Election to the IOM is considered among the highest honors in health and medicine.

    - Posted Thursday, October 24

  • Community Health Literacy Impacts Personal Health Status

    In some communities in Hawaiʻi, 35.99% of residents report low health literacy, which means that they may struggle to understand basic health information. In other communities, only 5.37% report low health literacy. According to a recent study at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa' s Office of Public Health Studies, led by Dr. Tetine Sentell, these percentages matter for individual health.  Those who live in communities where many people report low health literacy have, on average, worse health than people who live in communities where few residents report low health literacy.

    - Posted Thursday, October 17

  • Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award

    We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is October 1 and applicants must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, October 10, 12 Noon - 1:00 pm.

    - Posted Monday, September 30