Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Arts

About the Major

The primary objective of the program is to prepare students for future careers in a wide array of exciting career fields within public health. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health is designed to educate undergraduates interested in public health and/or health profession training in the broad basic concepts in public health education, practice, and research. The primary focus of public health education is to improve health and quality of life through the population-based prevention and treatment of disease and other physical and mental health conditions, through surveillance of cases and the promotion of health behaviors.

Master's Degree Programs

Master of Public Health

Courses of study leading to the master of public health (MPH) are designed to provide individuals with a broad background for professional practice in the field of public health at state, national and international levels.

The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) currently offers the MPH degree specializing in epidemiology, health policy and management, Native Hawaiian and Indigenous health, and social and behavioral health sciences.

Master of Science in Public Health

Courses of study leading to the master of science (MS) degree are designed primarily to provide students with a research-oriented education in a specialty area within the broad field of public health. 

The Office of Public Health Studies currently offers the MS degree specializing in epidemiology.

Doctoral Degree Programs

PhD in Epidemiology

Candidates who successfully complete the doctoral program in epidemiology will be prepared to teach in academic and other settings, conduct independent and collaborative epidemiologic research, and provide consultative services to academic, not-for-profit, governmental, and private organizations.

PhD in Public Health

The PhD program specializating in community-based and translational research prepares students to teach, lead programs, and conduct independent investigations addressing public health topics relevant to culturally diverse groups and communities, with a special focus on those in the state of Hawai‘i and the Asia-Pacific region.