Public Health Pulse (news, events, announcements)

Events Calendar

April 2014

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 4 months ago

  • Congratulations to our 2014 Delta Omega Student Inductees: Vance Kawakami (EPI), Thomas Lee (EPI), DeAnna Basques (HPM), and Tasha Tydingco (HPM).

    - Posted 4 days ago

  • This year Delta Omega will hold its annual Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, April 8 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in Biomed B-103. Reception to follow. 

    Professor Deane E. Neubauer earned his MA and PhD at Yale University and retired from the University of Hawai‘i with the rank of Emeritus Professor after 33 years of dedicated service. While at UH, Professor Neubauer served as Chair of the Department of Political Science, Researcher in the Social Sciences Research Institute, Founding Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Founding Director of the Globalization Research Center, Chancellor of UH Mānoa, and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the 10-campus UH System.

    Professor Neubauer has been a consultant for the RAND Corporation and Chaired the Policy and Planning Committee of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He currently serves as International Advisor to the National Center for University Entrance Examinations, Tokyo, Japan.

    His research interests lie in health policy, political economy, higher education, and globalization. His work explores globalizations phenomena as a major vector of social change throughout the world. 

    For more information and to RSVP, please contact

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • 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 APHA 2014 in New Orleans.  Students whose work is selected will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega, which the DPHS will match for a total of $700. Student awards will be made during the Delta Omega Social Hour, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. 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.

    Abstracts that have already been submitted to other APHA sessions (poster or oral) will not be accepted. Submitters must withdraw their abstracts from other sessions in order to be considered for the Delta Omega Poster Session. If you have any questions regarding this or would like to withdraw a previously submitted abstract, contact Heather Ward.

    All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to by Friday, April 4, 2014.  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.

    Please use this link for tips on writing learning objectives. Click on "key resources" then open tab for "educational resources"

    Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for the past 6 years.  Let’s make it 7 years in a row!  We look forward to your submissions.

    Please contact Dr. Katz if you have any questions.

    - Posted 1 month ago

  • We are offering many courses this summer:

    PH 201 Introduction to Public Health Gain an overview of the broad field of public health, which centers on health promotion and disease prevention. Engage in discussions and activities that promote a greater understanding of public health as a system, as well as its interdisciplinary connections to other health care fields.

    Topics include:

    Population Health Disease Prevention Health Professions Healthcare Systems Environmental Health Epidemiology Social Behavioral Health Current Health Issues

    PH 301 Seminar in Public Health Issues (Public Health in Hawai‘i) Learn about the health issues affecting peoples and places in Hawai‘i

    PH 303 Seminar Global Public Health Gain a more worldly view of health by exploring links between health, economics, and social status.

    PH 310 Introduction to Epidemiology Want to be a disease detective? Learn to identify patterns of disease and threats to health.

    PH 340 Environmental Health Learn about protecting human health through the environment.

    PH 623 Social Science & Public Health

    PH 648 Public Health Program Planning

    PH 681 Environmental Determinants of Health

    PH 792U Ethnocultural Influences on Psychological Functioning & Emotional Distress: Cultural Diversity & Developing a Grant Proposal

    - Posted 1 month ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • 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

  • Hawai‘i Study Finds High Rates of Preventable Hospitalizations for Diabetes

    A recent study by researchers at the Office of Public Health studies found that among those 65 years and older, Native Hawaiian, Filipino, and Japanese men and Filipino women all have a significantly higher risk for diabetes-related potentially preventable hospitalizations than Whites. Dr. Tetine Sentell, assistant professor of health policy and management and the lead author of the study, notes that the increased risk for potentially preventable hospitalizations were found among Asian and Pacific Islander groups even when the higher rates of diabetes among these groups were considered.

    - Posted Friday, August 9