OPHS OPEN HOUSE & UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM LAUNCH!
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, faculty, community members, current and former students joined together to officially launch our newest degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. This program was officially approved by the Board of Regents in September 2013. The program started accepting majors in January 2014, but formally launched with this celebration. Many on- and off-campus supporters were in attendance as we welcomed new undergraduate students to our OPHS ‘ohana. For more information on our B.A. program, please visit our website or contact our undergraduate chair, Dr. Denise Nelson-Hurwitz.
OPHS AT APHA IN NEW ORLEANS
The 142nd annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference was held in New Orleans, LA on November 15-19, 2014. OPHS faculty and students attended and also presented recent work in oral and poster sessions. Congratulations to Delta Omega Student Poster Honorees, Tonya Lowery St John (PhD candidate) and Tasha Tydingco (MPH ‘14)! Tonya and Tasha were selected to present their posters at the annual meeting of the Delta Omega Honorary Society at APHA.
PH HUI IN ACTION
Hui Ola Pono has been active this year in many ways - from participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure to promoting recycling efforts on campus and taking a break with faculty and fellow students at their annual spooktacular Halloween bash. For more information, check out their website and 'like" them on Facebook.
There were 14 master’s and five doctoral degree graduates in Spring/Summer 2014. This group of graduates included the first class of MPH Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health students and the first two PhD in Epidemiology students. Fall 2014 included four master’s and one doctoral degree graduates. Congratulations and best wishes to you all!
FEATURED ALUMNI ON THE MOVE
Chad Noble-Tabiolo, MPH ‘14 is a Global Health Corps (GHC) Fellow serving in Lilongwe, Malawi as a Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Officer for an NGO, Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education (CYECE). CYECE has programs that address sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), governance and child rights issues.
FACULTY AND STAFF HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome to our newest additions to our OPHS ‘ohana:
Victoria Fan, ScD, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Victoria Fan is a health economist working in global health. Her ongoing research examines the effectiveness and efficiency of health policies, mainly in India, as well as the policies of global health funding agencies.
Yan Yan Wu, PhD, assistant professor of Biostatistics
Dr. Yan Yan Wu’s research interests focus on mixed-effects models for longitudinal data analysis, hierarchical/multilevel data analysis, survival analysis and development of statistical methodologies for genetic and epidemiological research. She has worked closely with epidemiologists and clinical researchers in Children’s health studies, cancer research and social research.
Catherine Pirkle, PhD, assistant professor of Health Policy and Management
Dr. Catherine Pirkle’s areas of expertise include: maternal and neonatal health, epidemiology, health systems research, remote and rural settings, measurement and scale development, food security, environmental contaminants and gender. She has participated in global health research in the following locations: Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, the Canadian Arctic, Québec, Ontario, Albania, Colombia, Brazil, and Bermuda.
We bid a fond Aloha to our outgoing faculty members, Dongmei Li and Nancy Partika, and staff, Kathleen Russell and Shan Su. We wish them well in their future endeavors.
A new tool to comprehensively evaluate school connectedness programs
Hawai'i Youth Services Network leveraging both federal and local funding in order to implement an evidence-based teen pregnancy and STI prevention program adapted for foster youth
New study on allocating money for global health across countries
Test the potential use of humanized anti-HIV-Tat single chain antibody as a novel approach against neuroAIDS
Social-Relational understandings of health and well-being from an Indigenous perspective
New study on understand public’s knowledge and perception to current air pollution in China
A review on current occurrence and clinical management on HCV and HIV co-infection
Exploring pathways to knowledge with Indigenous Peoples
New study on constitutional expression of brain derived growth factor as a neuroprotective effector against neuroAIDS
To stay updated, visit our website.
PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Director of OPHS: Kathryn L. Braun, DrPH
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Graduate Certificate in Global Health Protection and Security
Epidemiology (MPH, MS, PhD)
Health Policy and Management (MPH)
Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health (MPH)
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (MPH, MS)
Community-Based and Translational Research (DrPH)
Undergraduate and Graduate Students
27% men, 73% women
75% Hawai‘i residents, 30% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander/Indigenous
YOUR GIFT MAKES A BIG IMPACT
With your support, we can continue to move forward toward our goal of becoming a top-ranked public health program. Your gift will:
MAKE A GIFT
- Help students attend and present at conferences
- Go abroad for practicum or applied learning experiences
- Provide tuition assistance
- Promote a sense of community among our students and faculty
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