Vision, Mission, Values


Pono living, locally and globally.


The mission of the Office of Public Health Studies is to advance the health of the peoples of Hawai‘i, the nation, and the Asia-Pacific region through knowledge, discovery, innovation, engagement, inclusion, and leadership.


We value:

  • Academic excellence and rigor
  • Respect
  • Equity
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Ho'olohe (listening and responding to) the needs of our community


Education Goals

  • To recruit and retain a diverse and qualified student body.
  • To offer required and electives courses and practicum experiences that facilitate student mastery of public health competencies.
  • To assure graduates master the core competencies of their degree.
  • To offer a broad variety of public health practicum opportunities, with a focus on Hawai‘i, the Pacific, Asia, and Indigenous peoples.

Research Goals

  • To discover and create new knowledge, evaluate health service needs, and apply research with an emphasis on Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Indigenous peoples.
  • To disseminate research findings through publications and participation in local, national and professional societies.
  • To involve students as active participants in research and evaluation projects.

Service Goals

  • To be an active partner in providing continuing education to the public health workforce in Hawai‘i.
  • To provide consultative and direct services to community, state, federal, and international organizations in support of the program’s mission.

Program-wide Goals

  • To ensure academic excellence by systematically evaluating the program and incorporating findings in program development.
  • To ensure academic excellence by garnering adequate resources for delivery of a quality public health program.
  • To improve the abilities of faculty, staff, and students to work with diverse populations.