Announcements (all)

  • Public health is more important than ever during the global COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to announce that we have opened applications for Spring 2021 for all of our graduate programs. We will be holding a Graduate Program Information Sessions via Zoom on June 17, July 15, and August 12. It is important that those who plan to apply for Spring 2021 attend one of the information sessions prior to submitting an application. 

    Please visit our Admissions page for information on how to apply. We look forward to receiving your application!

    Public Health Graduate Information Sessions

    - Posted 3 years ago

  • Aloha Public Health Students,

    You should have received notification from University of Hawai‘i President Lassner about the move to online classes starting Monday, March 23 and the plan to resume in-person classes on Monday, April 13. His message, as well as information on the University’s response to COVID-19, can be found here:

    You probably have many questions! Please know that the Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) is actively engaged in contingency planning to support student learning and other key functions in response to COVID-19. To this end, the following information is being provided for your reference. However, as noted in President Lassner’s email, “given the extreme fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, this guidance is subject to change as the situation evolves.”

    • The UH Mānoa campus will remain open and housing, library, dining and recreation centers will continue normal operation. This includes OPHSAS and the OPHS Computer Lab. For now, the Hui Lounge will remain open to students as well.
    • You should expect to hear directly from your instructors about what to do for each class and the link to use to access their online courses.
    • Online classes may be synchronous (students and instructor online at the same time) or asynchronous (independent work) or a combination of both.
    • Zoom will be the platform most faculty will use in offering their courses online. Further instructions for using Zoom will be provided shortly. You do not need a Zoom account to join a Zoom meeting/class.
    • If you do not have access to a computer or high speed Internet, please let your instructor or advisor know. Note that a smartphone will work for Zoom.
    • OPHSAS has access to four (4) online Zoom “rooms” that we can use to schedule virtual capstone presentations and dissertation defenses should this become necessary. When not in use for online classes, students may request to reserve these Zoom rooms to meet virtually for group projects or capstone practice sessions through OPHSAS ( following a similar model to our room reservation system.
    • Students scheduled to graduate this spring will practice their capstone presentations online via Zoom in PH 789 to ensure you are prepared to use this format.  Doctoral students graduating this spring should coordinate with their committee chair or faculty advisor to arrange their dissertation defense and/or practice sessions via Zoom.  
    • Please check your email regularly for updates and communication on next steps as the situation continues to be reevaluated and assessed.
    • This uncertainty can be distressing. The following resources are available to you: 
    1. The University’s Counseling & Student Development Center (CSDC) offers support to all UHM students to assist with personal, academic and career concerns. All services are confidential and free of charge. For more information, you can visit the CSDC website or call (808) 956-7927. 
    2. For COVID-19 specific information, the World Health Organization offered the following guide:
    3. Or this from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) office:


    Stay Informed

    Thanks to the OPHS Leadership Committee and the DSW leadership team for help in crafting this message! 

    Tetine Sentell, PhD
    Professor and Director
    Office of Public Health Studies

    - Posted 3 years ago

  • The Hawai‛i Chapter of Delta Omega invites all interested OPHS graduate and undergraduate students to submit an abstract for the National Delta Omega Poster Contest Display.  It will take place at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting, scheduled for October 24th through 28th, 2020, in San Francisco, California.  Each chapter is able to select no more than 2 abstracts for the graduate student competition, and 1 for the undergraduate competition.

    Students whose work is selected by Delta Omega’s national committee will receive a $350 cash prize from the national Delta Omega Honor Society, which the OPHS will match, for a total of $700.  National awards will be presented during the Delta Omega Social Hour at APHA.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to present their poster during the APHA scientific poster sessions, and abstracts will be published on the National Delta Omega webpage.

    All abstracts must be submitted via email for consideration to by 3/20/2020, 5:00 p.m.  Submissions must use the attached form.  No late or incomplete submissions will be accepted or considered.

    Students from our department have been national Delta Omega student poster contest award winners for 10 of the past 12 years.  We look forward to your submissions.

    Please contact Dr. Sugimoto-Matsuda if you have any questions.

    - Posted 4 years ago

  • We are excited to welcome Tetine Sentell as the new Office of Public Health Studies director. Mahalo to Kathryn Braun for her leadership of OPHS over the past five years.

    - Posted 4 years ago

  • We are pleased to announce that Kathryn L. Braun has been appointed as Director/department chair of the Office of Public Health Studies.

    - Posted 9 years ago

  • On May 9, 2014, Dr. Jay Maddock stepped down as director/department chair of the Office of Public Health Studies. The faculty is working with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to elect a new director. A new director/department chair will be announced soon.

    - Posted 9 years ago

  • Best wishes to our spring 2014 graduates!

    Spring 2014 Graduation

    - Posted 9 years ago

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

    2014 Delta Omega Student Inductees

    - Posted 9 years ago