Master of Public Health

A Master of Public Health (MPH) is one of the most powerful and employable graduate degrees available. Public Health is an interconnected and multi-faceted field that operates in private and public sectors to improve the well-being of individuals, families, communities and nations. MPH graduates are trained and positioned to work in US and foreign governments from local to international levels, for non-profit organizations, educational institutions, health care facilities, corporate settings, and community coalitions. Graduates are prepared to assume many roles in health promotion and disease prevention, including the development and implementation of programs that address the underlying causes of illness and health disparities such as social, economic, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health. Public health is a rewarding field that offers a variety of exciting career opportunities in teaching, research, and service, which often involve traveling around the world, working with diverse individuals and populations, leading life-saving campaigns, and creating innovative solutions to challenging health problems. There is a critical shortage of graduate-trained public health workers, thus MPH graduates find jobs that match their interests, are higher ranked, and earn greater salaries than the national average.

The Master of Public Health program at HPU prepares graduates to work in the public or private sector in jobs focusing on program/project management, health education and promotion, policy analysis, research, and other advanced practice public health roles.

Located at the ‘cross-road of the Pacific’, HPU’s MPH program offers faculty, course content, and field placements that specialize in public health issues in the Pacific and Pacific Rim, as well as U.S. and global perspectives. Core courses in the MPH program include epidemiology, biostatistics, multicultural health, social, behavioral, & environmental determinants of health, research, health policy, and program planning, implementation, & evaluation.

HPU’s MPH program is also a flexible, accelerated program that can be completed either fully online or hybrid (in-person +online). It is designed so that graduates are ready to work in the field within 2 years of admission to the program.

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

  • the foundations, history, and profession of Public Health and Health Care Systems; 
  • factors related to human health, disability, and disease including biological, social, occupational, environmental, behavioral, and psychological determinants of individual and population health; 
  • health behavior theories and best practices in the development and evaluation of health promotion policies and programs; 
  • public health research methods including quantitative and qualitative research designs, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation; 
  • cultural humility, sensitivity, and competencies in addressing public health issues to improve population and global health, and to serve health equity and social justice; 
  • effective oral, written, media, online, data, and artistic communication strategies to educate, influence, and impact individual and community health, and Public Health policy; 
  • Systems Thinking, organizational management and leadership in Public Health; 
  • development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs; 
  • Public Health Ethics and Policy development and impact.

  • Individuals wishing to apply to MPH program are required to submit the following:

    – Application
    – Transcripts
    – $50 application fee
    – Baccalaureate degree
    – Person Statement
    – Overall GPA 3.0 or better
    – 3 Letters of Reference
    – Current CV/resumé
    – TOEFL or IELTS (non-native English speakers only)
    – One college-level course in each of the following areas: General Biology, Statistics, and a Health-related science course (anatomy, physiology, nutrition, microbiology)

Join the Public Health Club! 

Mission: The Public Health 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 Public health students can thrive academically and professionally.