Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The B.S. in Public Health (BSPH) degree program at HPU provides education and training for students who wish to pursue careers in public and community health, and other health-related fields. Healthcare is a growing industry that offers many opportunities for students who complete this degree. This flexible degree program prepares students to work in the public health, community health organizations, healthcare, or wellness industry focusing on health promotion, wellness management, health education and community health services in addition to serving as a foundation for graduate programs in a variety of health-related areas. The program can also be taken by those already working in the healthcare sector (such as paramedics or respiratory therapists) who wish to broaden their education, fulfill education requirements to go on to graduate school, or to advance to teaching or management. This degree is also an option for students who initially chose another health related major at HPU and now wish to pursue a different degree option in a seamless and productive manner.

Building on the General Education Program common to all programs at HPU, the curriculum focuses on the basic sciences. Upper division public health courses include health policy analysis, epidemiology, health education, health promotion and wellness management, and evidence-based research utilization, grant writing, and three semesters of practicum. A required capstone allow students to synthesize what they have learned in their coursework to provide hands-on experience.

The Public Health program at HPU is a flexible degree program that prepares students to work in public health or the healthcare and wellness industry focusing on program/project management, health education and promotion and community health services. The core of public health courses include personal and community health, human sexuality, human physiology, clinical techniques in public health, human disease, community health theory, health policy analysis, epidemiology, health education and promotion, grant writing, environmental health, three practicum courses, and a capstone seminar. HPU's Public Health curriculum allows a great deal of flexibility for graduates to pursue professional practice upon graduation or to pursue graduate studies. The program prepares a solid foundation for pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program, allied health professions, and masters-entry level nursing programs. Career opportunities and completion of coursework required for admission to graduate programs vary with each profession, so students are encouraged to plan their coursework carefully with their faculty advisor.  

The Public Health Program at Hawai’i Pacific University will graduate Bachelor of Science in Public Health students who are knowledgeable of, able to explain, and can apply their understandings of: 

  • the foundations, history, and profession of Public Health and Health Care Systems; 
  • factors related to human health, disability, and disease including biological, social, occupational, environmental, behavioral, and psychological determinants of individual and population health; 
  • health behavior theories and best practices in the development and evaluation of health promotion policies and programs; 
  • public health research methods including quantitative and qualitative research designs, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation; 
  • cultural humility, sensitivity, and competencies in addressing public health issues to improve population and global health, and to serve health equity and social justice; 
  • effective oral, written, media, online, data, and artistic communication strategies to educate, influence, and impact individual and community health, and Public Health policy; 
  • Systems Thinking, organizational management and leadership in Public Health; 
  • development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs; 
  • Public Health Ethics and Policy development and impact.

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • $50 Application Fee
  • SAT I or ACT Scores (freshman only)
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Resume

Join the Public Health Club! 

MISSION: The Public Health Club will work to spread awareness, knowledge, and enthusiasm about healthy living in the community. Our club plans to participate in employer networking, allowing our members to acquaint themselves with several employers around the island, and better familiarize themselves with qualities, skills, and experience necessary to be viable applicants for a job after graduating. 

PURPOSE: The purpose of our club is to improve the quality of life for ourselves and the community we live in. We believe that no only spreading awareness, but also creating easy and fun ways for the community to participate in healthy living choices will benefit everyone. We plan to help the community around us and to create an environment where Public health students can thrive academically and professionally.