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.

Congratulations to our Students!

Janice Hata, BS in Public Health student and member of HPU's Residential Honors Program, was selected for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Summer Research Internship Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  From over 300 applications nationwide, Janice was one of 75 students chosen to participate in this prestigious program.  This award will fund her salary and travel related to the research project of Dr. Scott Okamoto, MSW, PhD (Principal Investigator and Professor, HPU School of Social Work), titled "The Development and Evaluation of the Ho‘ouna Pono Drug Prevention Curriculum," which is a federally funded project focused on the development and evaluation of a culturally grounded drug prevention program for Native Hawaiian youth.


MPH Students Desiree Tupas and Stephanie Buzzotta have been awarded funding from SAFAC to help support their travel to attend the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Conference with Dr. Roberson this summer! 


Genie Reutirez got an article published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! Her article is titled "Preserve ACA Protections in Hawaii." Click here to view the full text!


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