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May 2014

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Announcements (recent)

  • Dr. Pauline George Stitt began her career as a pediatrician in New York. During World War II, Dr. Stitt came to Hawai‘i to work as a physician at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. She later went on to serve at a number of prestigious colleges and organizations, including Howard University College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. Following her return to Hawai‘i, Dr. Stitt was appointed Professor of Public Health at UH Mānoa in 1972 and later served as chair of the Maternal and Child Health specialization. The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) offers this scholarship created in honor of Dr. Stitt.

    The Pauline Stitt Scholarship, first awarded in 2014, is intended to foster a spirit of excellence similar to that which Dr. Stitt cultivated in so many people whom she touched in her long and distinguished career. Each specialization/program and the Hui is asked to nominate a current public health graduate or doctoral student with a high level of academic achievement who will continue their enrollment in our program in Fall 2016.  Nominees should be asked to provide supporting information about their performance in each of the four criterion areas (see below).  The selected student will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2016 semester.

    The Student Affairs Committee will review the nominations submitted and select the top candidate based on the following criteria:

    Scholarship (50%): GPA, publications, etc. To place GPA in a broader context, please include information on workload (#credits/sem, FT/PT work hours). Governance (20%): Serve as student representative on OPHS Committees; UHM Committees (GSO). Student/Professional Activities (20%): Involvement in student organizations & activities (Hui Ola Pono, intramural sports); professional activities (HPHA, etc.). Community Service (10%): Voluntary, not field placement or paid employment (Health Fair, Red Cross, Legislature, Aloha United Way, etc.). Continued enrollment in the public health program in Fall 2016.


    - Posted 1 week ago

  • Applications are now being accepted for the 2016-17 Chin Sik and Hyun Sook Chung Memorial Award. This award was established as a lasting tribute to the late Dr. Chin Sik Chung, a Professor at the School of Public Health from 1965-1995, and Hyun Sook Chung, his beloved wife of 51 years. The award (up to $1,500) is to be used to cover travel expenses incurred while working “on the ground” in international public health settings.

    To apply, you must be a full-time or part-time classified public health graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Spring 2016 who has been accepted to participate in an international practicum/training experience. The practicum must take place between the start of Summer 2015 and the end of Summer 2016. Priority will be given to sites with active exchange agreements with the Office of Public Health Studies. Recipients will be selected based on academic excellence, financial need, and placement quality as determined by the selection committee. Financial need shall be a criterion in making this award although not necessarily as defined by federal guidelines.

    Submit the following items to the Office of Public Health Student Academic Services Office (OPHSAS) via email ( or in person (Biomed D-204):

    A letter of application (no more than two pages) addressing the award criteria, including a brief financial statement. Authorization for OPHSAS to release your UHM transcripts and GPA to the Award Committee.

    If selected to receive this award, you will be required to submit a completed copy of your Form 15 or IRB application prior to fund distribution.


    - Posted 1 week 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 1, 2016.

    - Posted 1 week ago

  • This 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 for the 2016-17 academic year must be medical students, MD resident trainees and/or graduate 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 are eligible for fellowship renewal so long as all criteria are met.

    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.

    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, 2016.

    The awardee(s) will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will be enrolled at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in Fall 2016. It is also important to note that 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 week 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 2016 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 2016.

    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 2016 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 2016.

    Applications must be received by March 1, 2016.

    - Posted 1 week ago

Events (upcoming)

News (recent)

  • OPHS PhD Chair Creates Sustainable Model of Spine Care in Underserved Communities

    World Spine Care clinic

    OPHS PhD epidemiology chair and professor, Eric Hurwitz, PhD, highlights development of sustainable model of spine care in underserved communities in 'Creating a sustainable model of spine care in underserved communities' discussing global health work being conducted through non-profit organization, World Spine Care. Dr. Hurwitz also serves as the co-chair of World Spine Care’s Research Committee, coordinating research projects being conducting in clinics located in Botswana, India, and the Dominican Republic through collaborations with researchers in Canada, Denmark, India, France, and across the United States. For more information about WSC “like” them on Facebook and check out their videos on YouTube.

    - Posted Monday, November 23

  • OPHS Students Present Posters at Hawai‘i Public Health Association Conference

    Seven BA public health students and one MPH candidate proudly shared their capstone project proposal posters with participants at the 2015 Hawaii Public Health Association Conference held on Friday, October 9th at the Hawaii Convention Center. Many of these students will be presenting their final capstone results and outcomes at the upcoming Fall 2015 OPHS Undergraduate Summit on December 3rd.

    HPHA Conference Presenters


    - Posted Monday, October 12

  • Welcome New Graduate Students!

    We welcomed our new incoming graduate students at orientation today. Students began their studies for the Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS), Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. 

    - Posted Monday, August 17

  • E-book Highlights Undergraduate Public Health Education

    Congratulations to Denise Nelson-Hurwitz, PhD, and Michelle Tagorda, MPH, on contributing to the publication Undergraduate Education for Public Health in the United States. Faculty from accredited schools and programs across the nation contributed to the 20 chapters. The purpose of the book is to describe current curricular approaches to undergraduate education for public health and to facilitate analysis and discussion of what makes quality education and builds a competent workforce. The articles address wide-ranging topics: the history of undergraduate public health education, recent development of accreditation criteria, description of specific programs, broader curriculum issues, and the evolving career opportunities in public health. The article contributed by Dr. Nelson-Hurwitz and Ms. Tagorda discusses the development of the undergraduate Applied Learning Experience. The free publication may be found at

    - Posted Monday, July 20

  • Public Health Undergraduates Ranked High at Spring Undergraduate Honors Showcase

    Congratulations to B.A. Public Health students Abigail Sy, Michelle Tong, and Sally Voss for their great accomplishments at the Undergraduate Honors Showcase this May. Within the Social Sciences category, Sally Voss placed first in oral presentations of project proposals for her project on “Diabetes Awareness and Prevention Among At-Risk Adults in Nanchang, China," and Michelle Tong received an Honorable Mention for the oral presentation of her project proposal on “Effects of Health Literacy on Cardiovascular Disease in Chinese Americans.” Abigail Sy received the first place prize for poster presentations in Social Sciences for her project proposal, “Underrepresented Ethnicities in the Physician Workforce: Filipinos in Hawai‘i.” Congratulations to these outstanding students for their excellent representation of undergraduate public health!

    - Posted Friday, June 5