Univ of Hawaii Office of Public Health Studies

Honolulu,  HI 
United States
  • Booth: 239


The Office of Public Health Studies (OPHS) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa is part of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health. The mission of OPHS is to advance the health of the peoples of Hawai'i, the nation, and the Asia-Pacific region through knowledge, discovery, innovation, engagement, inclusion, and leadership.


(All degrees are accredited by CEPH.)

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health (BAPH)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) - 4 Specializations
    • Health Policy and Management
    • Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health
    • Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
    • Epidemiology
    • A new online MPH option!
  • Master of Science (MS)
    • Epidemiology
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
    • Public Health (Community-Based and Translational Research)
    • Epidemiology


1. Learn more about the BAPH program. Welcoming Remarks from the Undergraduate Chair.
Monday October 25, 5:00 pm - 6:00pm MT

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84653603177? pwd=MEt6UUhKZjdsK0FIMFJIWlFEWDJEUT09

2. Learn more about the MPH/MS program. Welcoming Remarks from the Dean of the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health and the OPHS Director.
Tuesday, October 26, 1:00 pm - 2:00pm MT

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86971774901

3. Learn more about the PhD program. Welcoming Remarks from the OPHS Director.
Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 pm - 3:30pm MT

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85876977734

4. Drop-in Session - Ask us any questions!
Wednesday, October 27, 1:00 pm - 2:00pm MT

Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82625286945




1. Postdoctoral Researcher

2. Junior Specialist

3. Stay in touch - we're expecting to post soon for a tenure track assistant professor position (I3) in Health Policy and Management for our graduate program and a non-tenure track position (instructor - I2) to support the undergraduate program.


1. We plan to celebrate 60 years of Public Health at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in Spring 2023! We invite alumni, colleagues, family & friends to share your contact details to stay informed about upcoming anniversary events. https://forms.gle/fTfWGGH1ec7CdFmB7

 Press Releases

  • (Photo caption: Daniel Chung, Tetine Sentell, Joyce Chung and Raymond Chung)

    (August 24, 2021)

    Momentous changes are taking place at the Thompson School of Social
    Work & Public Health at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa this fall. A
    tremendously generous donation from the family in honor of former
    public health professor and Department Chair Chin Sik Chung will fund
    the school’s first endowed faculty position in public health. The Chin Sik
    & Hyun Sook Chung Endowed Chair in Public Health Studies will
    continue Chung’s remarkable legacy in excellence in public health
    teaching, mentorship and research.

    Chung received undergraduate degrees from Seoul National University
    and Oregon State University, and his MS and PhD from the University of
    Wisconsin (Madison). Following a position at the National Institutes of
    Health in Bethesda, MD, he joined the faculty at UH in 1965 as professor
    of public health and genetics in the School of Public Health and Cancer
    Research Center. Chung served as chairman of the Biostatistics Unit,
    chairman of the Public Health Sciences Department, and associate dean
    for academic affairs in the School of Public Health. He also served as chairman of the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program and was a fellow at the East-West Center Population Institute. Chung was recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his contributions in genetic epidemiology.

    An endowed chair is one of the highest academic recognitions that can be bestowed on a faculty member and offers extra prestige for the chairholder and the
    university. The greater funding also allows more resources, such as student assistants, research materials and participation in conferences.

    New interim dean

    In addition, the Thompson school welcomes Tetine Sentell as its new
    interim dean. Sentell is a prolific researcher in health literacy, health
    services research and public health promotion from a strengths-based
    perspective. She has been a faculty member at UH Mānoa since 2009
    and most recently served as director of the Office of Public Health
    Studies within the Thompson School of Social Work & Public Health.

    “It is a great honor to serve as interim dean at this very exciting time for
    the school when the need for solutions to address social wellbeing and
    public health are so clear and interest in our program is so high,” Sentell
    said. “The new endowed chair position will bolster public health’s vital
    work in understanding the deep linkages between the environment and
    human health and well-being.”

    Growing interest in public health

    These developments for the school come at a time of urgently growing
    interest in public health. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the
    need for public health efforts in multilingual health communication,
    culturally relevant chronic disease prevention and community-based
    responses to emerging infectious diseases.

    “The Office of Public Health Studies has been on the frontlines of
    Hawaiʻi‘s COVID-19 pandemic response,” Sentell said. Members have
    supported community-led resilience, developed tools to forecast COVID-
    19 cases in Hawaiʻi, advised leaders including former Honolulu Mayor
    Kirk Caldwell and UH President David Lassner on policy issues,
    provided mental health resources to the UH campus community and
    other communities across Hawaiʻi, developed social media public health
    campaigns, and volunteered with the Hawaiʻi State Department of
    Health Medical Research Corps.

    The new endowed chair position will add to the school’s focus on
    environmental health research. This area of research is particularly
    important to Hawaiʻi, where responsibility and connection to the land,
    ocean and sky are core cultural and community values.

    Sentell said that over the coming year, the school will create impactful
    public health initiatives around environmental health and other topics
    of high relevance to Hawaiʻi, the U.S., and other global communities.

    “We are fortunate to be part of Thompson school. Our vision is to
    achieve social justice and health equity for the people of Hawaiʻi and
    citizens in a changing world,” she said. “While COVID-19 has upended
    life in Hawaiʻi, the Thompson School faculty and students are
    performing vital research, service and training the future workforce of
    experts and practitioners to keep Hawaiʻi healthy as individuals and


  • Faculty
    Please feel free to explore our faculty directory to learn more about the wide range of research interests in the Office of Public Health Studies.

  • https://manoa.hawaii.edu/publichealth/faculty-and-staff

    Our faculty are experts in topics ranging from infectious disease to chronic disease, from child health to end of life, from genetics to the environment, and from health promotion and prevention to treatment and services.

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