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Is the public health program accredited?
Yes. The master of public health (MPH), master of science (MS),
doctor of public health (DrPH), and the doctor of philosophy
(PhD) degree programs are accredited by the Council
on Education for Public Health.
Is the University of Hawai‘i
Yes. The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is accredited by the Western
Association of Schools and Colleges.
How do I request an application?
Program information and application materials are available
in pdf format. If you prefer to
have the application materials mailed to you, please contact
When is the application deadline?
The deadline for the Fall semester is January 15. In general,
all application materials (including official test scores)
should be received by the application deadline.
Do you accept Spring applications?
Persons seeking Spring admission to the MPH and MS degree
programs are advised to contact the Program first to ascertain
whether applications would be accepted in their selected area
of specialization (epidemiology, health policy and management
or social and behavioral health sciences).
The DrPH and PhD in Epidemiology programs do
not offer spring admission.
May I submit an application after the deadline?
The program cannot guarantee that applications submitted after
the deadline will be reviewed for admission, as late applications
are considered on a space available basis. In addition, late
applicants have fewer opportunities for financial assistance
from the program. Application fees are nonrefundable and nontransferrable
so interested applicants are advised to contact the department
prior to submitting a late application.
Can the application fee be waived?
No. All applicants are required to submit an application fee
of $100. An application submitted without an application fee
will not be processed.
Is there a specific major or degree that I need in order to apply?
No. Applicants who wish to pursue the epidemiology specialization
(MPH/MS degree) should have completed course work in biology,
microbiology, immunology, chemistry, and at least one semester of calculus is recommended. For health
policy and management applicants (MPH degree), preference
may be given to students with training in social science,
health, or human services; prior paid or voluntary work experience
in the health care or human services field is preferred, but
not required. Social and behavioral health sciences applicants
(MPH degree) should have completed course work in psychology
or sociology, biology or human development, and math or statistics.
Applicants applying to the doctoral program
in epidemiology must have a master's degree and a strong background
in the natural and/or social sciences. DrPH applicants must
have a master's degree in public health or a graduate degree
in an allied profession.
Do I need to submit the Letter of Recommendation form with my reference letter?
Yes, the letter of recommendation form must accompany your recommendation letter.
Is financial aid available?
U.S. citizens may apply for financial aid through the university's
Financial Aid Services Office. For more information, visit
or email their office.
International students are cautioned that their opportunities for financial
aid and scholarships are extremely limited. Those who anticipate the need
for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to contact international
sponsoring organizations and their Ministries of Health regarding the possibilities
of fellowships or financial aid. It is the applicant's responsibility to
secure their own funding. An international student must be able to certify
complete financial coverage before admission to the university will be granted.
Does the department offer any graduate assistantship positions?
The department offers a limited number of graduate assistantship
positions, generally associated with specific projects. These
positions are advertised at workatuh.hawaii.edu
as they become available.
Does the department offer any financial assistance?
The department may have a few Graduate Division Achievement
Scholarships available for students. Achievement scholarship
awards may be made to new students and to continuing students.
It is recommended that applicants to the program provide a
complete graduate admissions application as early as possible
since tuition waivers are awarded early in the admission period.
The tuition waiver award covers tuition only; students are
responsible for paying their student registration fees.
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GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
Do I need to take the GRE?
Applicants must submit GRE General Test scores. The GRE General
Test may be waived for applicants to the master's degree program
who hold an advanced degree (e.g., master's degree or higher)
from an accredited institution. Requests to waive the GRE
requirement should be made early in the application process
to ensure that there is no delay in the applicant review if
the request is denied. The waiver request must accompany the
department's application and the applicant's resume must be
The GRE General Test is required for all doctoral
applicants (no test substitutions or waivers).
What are the institution and department codes for the GRE?
The university's Institution Code is 4867 and the department code is 0616.
Is there a minimum score that is needed on the GRE?
No. The faculty will evaluate both the score and the percentile on each of
the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
What is the minimum
TOEFL score that is needed?
The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for master's degree applicants
is 550 (213 for the CBT, 79-80 for the IBT) and 600 (250 for
the CBT, 100 for the IBT) for doctoral degree applicants.
Applications for admission will not be processed until official TOEFL results
are received. TOEFL scores that are more than two years old and/or photocopies
of the Examinee Score Report are not acceptable.
What are the institution and department codes for the TOEFL?
The university's Institution Code for the TOEFL is 4867 and the department
code is 50.
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How much is tuition?
Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $514 per credit
for Hawai‘i residents and $1,245 per credit for non-residents.
Students are also responsible for paying their student fees.