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Indigenous people throughout the world experience grave health and socioeconomic disparities. Many of the current inequities are the result of historical national and local policies designed to eliminate and/or assimilate Indigenous people. Knowledge of history, policy, health determinants and ethics is essential to address and eliminate the inequities faced by Indigenous people.
Students enrolled in the Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health specialization are required to take advanced level training in Indigenous health policy, ethics and research design. There is opportunity for students to choose from Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health electives in many areas across the campus. Students will participate in on-going research programs with Indigenous communities through a practicum assignment.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION
In addition to meeting the general admissions requirements of the UHM Graduate Division, individuals applying to the Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health specialization are expected to have the academic background, experience, interest, and commitment for professional training in public health. While no specific undergraduate major is required, candidates should have completed coursework in the social sciences or humanities such as mathematics or statistics, public policy or political sciences, and psychology or sociology. Applicants must also have computer skills in Microsoft Office and internet applications. Experience in an applied health/social sciences field or in health/social sciences research which serves an Indigenous population is preferred.