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Saturday, March 1, 2014

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Announcements (recent)

  • We are now accepting Spring 2015 Graduate Division Achievement Scholarship (GDAS) applications from eligible classified public health students. Contact OPHSAS to have an application sent to you. Applications should be submitted to our office via email by Friday, November 14, 2014. 

    - Posted 3 weeks 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 2 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 2 months ago

  • Program information and application materials for the 2015-2016 academic year is now available. The Fall 2015 application deadline is December 1 for the MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD programs.

    - Posted 2 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 3 months ago

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News (recent)

  • 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

  • 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