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The Department of Public Health Sciences degree programs, like
all other University graduate degree programs, operate within
the broad policies and specific regulations established by the
Graduate Division. Accordingly, master's and doctoral degree
candidates should inform themselves of all applicable academic
requirements in the current University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa Catalog. The Catalog is available online
or may be purchased at the University Bookstore. Regulations
and procedures governing admission to the Graduate Division
at the University of Hawai‘i are subject to change without
prior notice. Please consult the most current Catalog before
applying for admission.
An applicant for admission to the master's degree program
must hold or expect to hold a bachelor’s degree from
an accredited U.S. college or university or its equivalent
from a recognized institution of higher learning (see international
credentials in the Graduate Admissions Application &
Information Brochure and/or visit the Graduate
Admissions website for detailed information). The standards
of the degree in question must be equivalent in both the distribution
of academic subject matter and the scholarship achievement
requirements to those maintained at the University of Hawai‘i.
Professional degrees, such as the MD, DVM, and DDS, that are
equivalent in depth to a U.S. bachelor’s degree also
qualify an applicant for consideration. At a minimum, the
applicant needs to demonstrate above average academic performance
(B average or its equivalent) for his or her undergraduate
work and for any post-baccalaureate or graduate course work.
Applicants to the DrPH program must have either a master's
degree in public health or a graduate degree in an allied
profession. Current UHM MPH/MS in public health students who
will be applying to the DrPH program should contact OGSAS
prior to applying.
Applicants to the doctoral program in epidemiology must have
a master's degree and a strong background in the natural and/or
At a minimum, the applicant needs to demonstrate above average
academic performance (B average or its equivalent) for his
or her undergraduate course work and for any post-baccalaureate
or graduate course work.
Applicants to the graduate certificate in global health and population studies should refer to the Global Health and Population Studies website for details.
Please note that meeting the minimum admissions standard
does not guarantee admission.
OPHS Documentation for Admission (MPH, MS, PhD, and DrPH Programs)
All applicants must submit the following (see How
to Apply for specific instructions)
|| A completed Graduate Admissions
||A completed Department of Public Health
||Statement of Objectives
||Three (3) letters of recommendation (Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health applicants must include one letter from Indigenous community in which the applicant has an established history of service
||$100 application fee
||An official transcript from each post-secondary
||Official Graduate Record Examination (General
Test) scores (see How to Apply
> GRE for details)
In addition, select applicants may be required to submit
Please retain a copy of your application for your records.
Once submitted, application materials (which includes the
public health application and statement of objectives, letters
of recommendation, transcripts, and test scores) are not released
except for the purpose of admission and cannot be returned
or photocopied for the applicant.
Selection and Notification
Completed applications are reviewed by the department faculty.
An admission decision is generally reached through comparison
of the relative merits of all applicants and the availability
of faculty to guide the student in his/her area of interest.
Selection is made without regard to the applicant’s
age, sex, race, creed or national origin.