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, healthcare 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 - restricted to students on the GI bill). 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 Hawaii’i Pacific University will graduate Master in Public Health students who are knowledgeable of, able to explain, and can apply their understandings of: 

  • Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
    • Apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice
    • Select quantitative and qualitative datea collection methods appropriate for a given public health context
    • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate
    • Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice
  • Public Health & Health Care Systems
    • Compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings
    • Discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels
  • Planning & Management to Promote Health
    • Assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities' health
    • Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of pulbic health policies or programs
    • Design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention
    • Explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management
    • Select methods to evaluate public health programs
  • Policy in Public Health
    • Discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence
    • Propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing pulibc health outcomes
    • Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations
    • Evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity
  • Leadership
    • Apply principles of leadership, governance, and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making
    • Apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges
  • Communication
    • Select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors 
    • Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation
    • Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content
  • Interprofessional Practice
    • Perform effectively on interprofessional teams
  • Systems Thinking
    • Apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue

 

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

    – Application
    – Transcripts
    – Application fee
    – Baccalaureate degree
    – Personal Statement
    – Overall GPA 3.0 or better
    – 2 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)

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. 

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