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Specialization Head: Eric Hurwitz, DC, PhD Phone: (808) 956-7425

Epidemiology is the study of the distributions and determinants of health-related events/outcomes in populations. A basic focus of epidemiology is to investigate the distribution of diseases in different populations. Determining the prevalence and risk factors associated with these events/disease outcomes, as well as measuring the magnitude of such occurrences, is the scientific backbone of public health. An essential part of epidemiological investigation involves the utilization of epidemiologic and biostatistical methods and appropriate research study design to evaluate the effectiveness of disease control measures.

Students enrolled in the epidemiology specialization are required to take advanced level training in chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, advanced biostatistics, and research design. There is opportunity for students to choose from epidemiology electives in the following areas: infectious diseases (e.g. dengue virus, malaria, and HIV/AIDS), nutrition, neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s and Alzheimers), non-communicable diseases (e.g. diabetes and cardiovascular diseases), obesity, and cancer. Course work in specialized statistical methods and computer applications is also available. Students participate in on-going epidemiological research programs throughout the UH Mānoa system or community during their field practicum assignment.


Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science (MS)


In addition to meeting the general admissions requirements of the UHM Graduate Division, individuals applying to the epidemiology specialization will be expected to have the academic background, experience, interests, and commitment for professional training in this field. While no specific undergraduate major is required, candidates should have completed one year of coursework in a biological science, chemistry, and at least one semester of calculus is recommended. Applicants must also have computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet applications. Experience in an applied health-related field or biomedical research is preferred.