Master of Public Health Alumna Desiree Tupas

Master of Public Health Alumna Desiree Tupas

Desiree Tupas (Master of Public Health ‘18) was selected for the prestigious and competitive California Epidemiologic Investigation Service (Cal-EIS) Fellowship Program, which is designed to prepare epidemiologists for public health leadership positions in California. Beginning this summer, Tupas will work directly with an epidemiologist preceptor at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) in Sacramento, California.

As a Cal-EIS fellow, Tupas’s main objective is to develop projects that entail performing analyses on data collected from California’s healthcare infrastructure. Her job duties will involve engaging in applied epidemiology to evaluate access to quality healthcare and to further understand the diverse needs of California’s healthcare systems.

“I am excited to be a Cal-EIS fellow for OSHPD because it’s a unique opportunity that will allow me to use my learned epidemiologic skills and background from HPU, to focus on various analysis projects that can contribute meaningfully to improving healthcare systems throughout California,” Tupas said.

While pursuing her MPH degree at HPU, Tupas completed a year-long student disease investigator position with the State of Hawaii Department of Health-Disease Investigation Branch. Tupas was part of the second cohort of the HPU Master of Public Health program. The University’s College of Health and Society and the Public Health Department ‘ohana congratulates Tupas – the first HPU graduate to be accepted to Cal-EIS – on her achievement.

Pictured from left to right are the December 2018 graduates of the second cohort of the HPU Master of Public Health program: Desiree Tupas, Stephanie Buzzotta, Katia Worley, Brittany Book, Delight Manuel