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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Announcements (recent)

  • The Abraham Kagan, MD 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 must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate (master's or doctoral) 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 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.

    The cultivation, nomination and selection of Abraham Kagan Fellows will be the responsibility of the selection committee, which is appointed by the Director of the Office of Public Health Studies.

    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, 2015.

    It is important to note that in order to receive the funding, award recipients will need show evidence that the research project is ready to proceed (such as Form 15 or IRB approval). Also, 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 1 month ago

  • Native and immigrant communities are among those most impacted by obesity, diabetes and related disease. Growing, cooking together and eating certain traditional foods are often integral to culture and key to social cohesion and community health. Yet these communities often have less-than-healthy food environments, where policies and other default conditions make access to highly processed, fatty and sugary non-traditional foods more available. Chronic disease prevention in native or immigrant communities is inseparable from food sovereignty, in the eyes of many. In a webinar moderated by Dr Maile Taualii, hear perspectives on food, sovereignty and health from our speakers of the Muckleshoot (WA), Anishinabe (MN), and Tohono O’odham (AZ) nations.


    September 23rd, 2014:  9am HT/12pm MT/2pm CT/3pm ET

    - Posted 4 months ago

  • We are now accepting applications for the Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award. The application deadline is October 15, 2014 and applicants must present their papers at an OPHS colloquium on Thursday, October 23rd, 12 Noon 1:30 PM.

    Public Health students who have a professional paper accepted for presentation at a national or international public health meeting are eligible for the Elmer J. Anderson Travel Award. The award money is to be used to defray travel costs and/or pay for meeting registration fees (up to $1,500). Applicants must be classified UHM graduate or doctoral students pursuing the MPH, MS, DrPH or PhD degree in the Office of Public Health Studies.

    Interested applicants must submit the following items:

    A letter of application. Proof of invitation to present. A copy of the abstract for the proposed presentation.

    Note: All applicants must present their papers at an OPHS Colloquium to be held on Thursday, October 23rd, from 12 Noon - 1:30 pm.

    Submit application materials electronically to or to:

    Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award Committee OPHS Department of Public Health Sciences Office of Public Health Student Academic Services 1960 East West Road, Biomed D-204 Honolulu, HI 96822

    - Posted 4 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 months 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 6 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