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Cost and Financial Aid
Tuition and fees are charged according to the number of credit
hours carried by the student; auditors (those enrolled in a
course for no credit) pay the same tuition and fees as students
enrolled for credit. The tuition and fees cited are established
for the 2013-2014 academic year. All tuition and fee charges
at University of Hawai‘i campuses are subject to change
in accordance with requirements of State law and/or action by
the Board of Regents or the University administration.
*See the General and Graduate
Information Catalog and/or the Office
of Admissions and Records website for residency definitions.
Students pay approximately $380 per semester in
Financial Aid: Prospective students who anticipate
a need for financial assistance are strongly encouraged to seek support from
local sources and/or private foundations and agencies that share the students
interests and goals. One should begin this process early, as applications for
scholarships are often due six to 12 months before enrollment.
The Financial Aid Services Office administers a University-wide
program of student assistance that includes student employment
(both on and off campus), scholarships, grants and loans.
For more information or an application, please contact
their office or visit their website.
Priority deadline is March 1 each year.
International Students: International
students are cautioned that their opportunities for general scholarships and
other forms of financial aid are extremely limited. It is a basic requirement
for almost all U.S. financial aid that the applicant be a citizen or permanent
resident alien of the United States. An international student must be able
to certify complete financial coverage before final admission to the university
will be granted.
Graduate Teaching and Research
Assistantships: The department offers a limited
number of graduate assistant positions, generally associated
with specific projects. These positions are advertised
as they become available. Assistantships cover tuition and
a monthly salary. Graduate assistants must pay their own registration
Graduate Division Achievement
Scholarships: Graduate Division Achievement
Scholarships (GDAS) are funded from tuition revenues and are
intended to provide financial assitance for U.S. and international
students based on merit and service. The award amounts, which
vary, are credited toward the student’s overall tuition
costs. To be eligible for a GDAS, students must have a cumulative
GPA of 3.5 or above and demonstrate a commitment to the mission,
goals and objectives of the Department of Public Health Sciences.
The GDAS may be awarded to new or continuing students. Waivers
do not cover summer session tuition. Awardees are expected
to have and maintain a 3.5 or better GPA and register for
at least one credit of public health degree-related course
work. It is recommended that applicants to the program submit
their completed application materials by the stated deadline
as GDAS applications are distributed and reviewed early in
the admission period. Award recipients must pay any remaining
tuition balance by the payment deadline.
Each semester, applications for GDAS awards for the upcoming
semester are solicited by the Office of Graduate Student Academic
Services. Decisions as to relative merit from among students
meeting the overall award criteria will be made according
to faculty rankings of new and continuing students.
East West Center Scholarships:
East West Center awards may be available to students from
the Pacific and Asian (including Russia) countries. For more
information or an application, please contact
the EWC-UHM Scholarship Office, Burns Hall 2066, East West
Center, 1601 East West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848-1601 or visit
Their application deadline for awards is November 1.
Joseph E. Alicata Memorial Award: Joseph
E. Alicata, PhD, played a vital role in establishing the former School of Public
Health. Renowned as a University of Hawai‘i researcher, he was also the
first recipient of the UH Board of Regents' Medal of Excellence in Research.
At the bequest of Dr. Alicata and his family an endowed fund was created to
recognize outstanding students in public health. The Joseph E. Alicata Memorial
Award honors one public health student each year with a scholarship to be used
toward tuition or for select international travel connected with the field-training
portion of the awardee's academic program. All full-time graduate students
in the department are eligible to apply. Selection is based on academic achievement
and the submission of a five page essay. The most recent award was $1,000.
The announcement for applications is made in the spring semester.
Elmer J. Anderson Professional Travel Award: This
award is established as a lasting tribute to Elmer J. Anderson, former director
of health education in the Hawai‘i Territorial Department of Health from
1944-1950. It assists graduate students in the department who have had a professional
paper accepted for presentation at a national or international public health
meeting by defraying travel costs and/or paying for meeting registration fees.
Awards are made once a year, usually in the fall semester. The most recent
award was $2,500. The announcement for applications is made in August.
Frances Ayako Matsuda Sano Fellowship: Supported
by the Frances Matsuda Sano Endowment Fund, this fellowship was developed to
provide opportunity for individuals with demonstrated commitment to the field
of public health to pursue advanced study in a doctoral program in the department.
The fellowship may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, supplies, living
expenses, airfare and any other expenses necessary for successful completion
of a doctoral program. Full-time doctoral students in the department who are
from the Asia Pacific Region (including Hawai‘i) and have an interest
in fostering relationships with Japan are eligible to apply. This award is
renewable for up to three years of funding. The most recent award was $25,000
per year. The annoucement for applications is made in the fall semester.
Robert M. Worth Epidemiology Scholarship: Robert
M. Worth, Ph.D., considered a pioneer in the public health field in Hawai‘i,
began his career as a physician at Kalaupapa and was instrumental in having
the century-long Hansen's disease quarantine lifted in 1969. Dr. Worth served
on the faculty of the University of Hawai‘i schools of medicine and public
health for 22 years. He was also chief of the Communicable Disease Division
of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. At the bequest of Dr. Worth
and his family, an endowed fund was created to offer financial assistance to
students pursuing a degree in public health. The announcement for applications
is made in the spring semester.
Koseki Award for Excellence in Community Service: Dr.
Lawrence K. Koseki was a faculty member of the School of Public Health whose
career in public service spanned over 36 years. During this time he shared
his expertise with many local, national and international organizations devoted
to improving the health and well being of others. Part of Dr. Koseki's great
contribution to this community was the outstanding support and wisdom he provided
for many of the programs in which he participated. Each year, students are
nominated to receive the Koseki Award for Excellence in Community Services
based on their record of service to individuals and organizations as well as
service in public policy. The Department selects the student who best exemplifies
Dr. Koseki's passion for community service to receive the award certificate
and an honorarium of $100. The request for nominations is made in the fall
Pauline Stitt Award for Outstanding Graduate Student: In
recognition of over a half century of service to public health, the Department's
Outstanding Public Health Graduate Student Award was established in honor of
Dr. Pauline Stitt, Professor Emerita of the Maternal and Child Health specialization.
The award is intended to foster a spirit of excellence similar to that which
Dr. Stitt cultivated in so many people she touched in her long and distinguished
career. Nominations for this award are made both by the student body and the
faculty. Award criteria include scholarship and participation in the department's
governance, student activities, and community service. The recipient must be
a well-rounded individual as well as an excellent performer in the academic
arena. A certificate and honorarium of $100 is presented to the student selected
to receive this award. The request for nominations is made in the spring semester.