Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The BSPH degree program at HPU provides education and training for students who wish to pursue careers in public and community health, and other health-related fields. Healthcare is a growing industry that offers many opportunities for students who complete this degree. This flexible degree program prepares students to work in the public and community health organizations, healthcare, or wellness industry focusing on health promotion, wellness management, health education and community health services in addition to serving as a foundation for graduate programs in a variety of health-related areas. The program can also be taken by those already working in the healthcare sector (such as paramedics or respiratory therapists) who wish to broaden their education, fulfill education requirements to go on to graduate school, or to advance to teaching or management. This degree is also an option for students who initially chose another health related major at HPU and now wish to pursue a different degree option in a seamless and productive manner.

Building on the General Education Program common to all programs at HPU, the curriculum focuses on the basic sciences. Upper division courses include health policy analysis, epidemiology, health education, health promotion and wellness management, and evidence-based research utilization, grant writing, and two semesters of practicum. A required capstone allow students to synthesize what they have learned in their coursework to provide hands-on experience.

The PH program at HPU is a flexible degree program that prepares students to work in health or the healthcare and wellness industry focusing on program/project management, health education and promotion and community health services. The core courses include personal and community health, human sexuality, human physiology, clinical techniques, human disease, community health theory, health policy analysis, epidemiology, health education and promotion, grant writing, environmental health, three practicum courses, and a capstone seminar. The curriculum allows a great deal of flexibility for graduates to pursue professional practice upon graduation or to pursue graduate studies. The program prepares a solid foundation for pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, allied health professions, and masters-entry level nursing programs. Career opportunities and completion of coursework required for admission to graduate programs vary with each profession, so students are encouraged to plan their coursework carefully with their faculty advisor.  

The BSPH Degree Program at Hawai’i Pacific University will graduate students who are knowledgeable of, able to explain, and can apply their understandings of: 

  • the history and philosophy of PH as well as its core values, concepts and functions across the globe and in society
  • the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of PH practice
  • the concepts of population health, and the basic process, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
  • the underlying science of human health and disease, including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
  • the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  • the fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment and evaluation
  • basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of health care and PH policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
  • basic concepts of PH-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

MISSION: The PH Club will work to spread awareness, knowledge, and enthusiasm about healthy living in the community. Our club plans to participate in employer networking, allowing our members to acquaint themselves with several employers around the island, and better familiarize themselves with qualities, skills, and experience necessary to be viable applicants for a job after graduating. 

PURPOSE: The purpose of our club is to improve the quality of life for ourselves and the community we live in. We believe that no only spreading awareness, but also creating easy and fun ways for the community to participate in healthy living choices will benefit everyone. We plan to help the community around us and to create an environment where students can thrive academically and professionally. 

Email phc.hpu@my.hpu.edu for more information!