Public Health

Public Health is one of the most dynamic, expanding, interconnected professions in the world. Public health professionals work to address the underlying causes of health disparities such as social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health. Public health professionals make a difference in the health of individuals and families in their local communities by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. Public health is a rewarding career that offers opportunities for travel and working in communities and with governments around the world through science, education, program management, and leadership. There is a shortage of trained public health workers, which means that graduates find jobs that match their interest and educational experience upon graduation in a wide-range of job settings.


telfair visit

The Public Health Department hosted Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MPH, MSW, President-Elect of the APHA. Students, faculty, and staff from the College of Health and Society gathered on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to hear from Dr. Telfair. His talk story included stories about his professional journey and discussion about the inter-professional collaboration between the fields of public health, nursing, and social work. Mahalo to Dr. Christian Gloria for coordinating the event.

HPU Participates In Hawaii Public Health Association (HPHA) Annual Meeting


On Thursday, Oct. 19, many HPU Public Health students and faculty participated in the HPHA annual meeting event. HPU was the presenting sponsor for the event and students Michael Johnson, JJ Jerome, and Shelby Carter were the musicians. Among the HPU leaders of the HPHA are President-Elect Christian Gloria Ph.D., Associate Professor of Public Health, and Ex-Officio Directors of the Board Lyndall Ellingson Ph.D., Chair of the Public Health department, and Wilda Cielo, Senior Public Health major. With more than 650 members, HPHA is the 7th largest of the 54 national affiliates.