Public Health Professor Says Students Are Superheroes - HPU

HPU Faculty: Christian Gloria

“It is amazing as well as humbling to know that I have students now who will later be all over the world being superheroes and dedicating their own lives to protecting others, preventing diseases, promoting health, and saving others’ lives,” Christian T. Gloria, Ph.D., Department Chair and Associate Professor of Public Health, says about his students. The photo captures students in one of his online classes.

Gloria says he has always wanted to be a teacher. He finds gratification in providing students the knowledge, skills, and abilities to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. At HPU, Gloria’s students represent the diversity the University is known for, which he finds especially rewarding.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Health alumni are putting to practice what they learned from Gloria, working for organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and the Hawaii State Department of Health, and current students get to study real-life and worldwide examples of public-health problems.